Bangladesh State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md. Enamur Rahman has said that there is no risk of Cyclone Asani hitting the coast of Bangladesh so far.
He said that the cyclone may cross the south western district of Satkhira after hitting areas like Visakhapatnam, Odisha and West Bengal in India. He said there may be rain and storm due to the impact of the cyclone but there is no possibility of a cyclonic tidal wave hitting Bangladesh. However, the volunteers and local administration are keeping a close watch on the situation and cyclone warning is being issued in the coastal areas.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department of Bangladesh in its latest bulletin issued on Monday morning said that the ‘severe cyclonic storm’ Asani over southeast bay and adjoining areas has moved northwestwards and lies over west central bay and adjoining southeast bay at midnight. It is still more than 1000 kilometres away from the Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Pyra ports of Bangladesh.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kilometres of the severe cyclone centre is about 89 kilometres per hour (kmph) rising to 117 kmph in gusts or squalls. The four maritime ports have been advised to keep hoisting the distant warning signal number 2. All fishing boats and trawlers have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution.