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Bangladesh raises danger signal to 7 for Mongla and Payra ports due to Cyclone 'Bulbul'

Bangladesh raises danger signal to 7 for Mongla and Payra ports due to Cyclone 'Bulbul'
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The Meteorological Department of Bangladesh has raised the warning signal for maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to danger signal number seven, and six for port of Chittagong due to the intensified very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul. It has warned that storm surge of 5 to 7 feet may hit the coastal districts under the impact of the cyclonic storm.

The cyclone was centred 620 kilometres south-southwest from Chattogram port, 585 kilometres south-southwest from Cox’s Bazar and 495 kilometres south from Mongla and Payra ports at 6 p.m. today.

An official of the meteorological department told BBC that the cyclone may hit Khulna-Barishal coastal belt of Bangladesh by Saturday evening if it stays on its current path.

Chattogram port has shut down its loading activities temporarily this evening. The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) suspended all types of water transportation until further notice.

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said the government has made all necessary preparations to tackle the impact of cyclone Bulbul.

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