With the refreshing rain embracing Dhaka today, the question of the cyclonic storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as FONI) reaching towards us is inevitable. It is continuing to intensify, threatening millions of family and their children across Bangladesh and India. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) says that the Cyclonic Storm FANI is the first severe, cyclonic storm to have formed in April in India’s oceanic neighbourhood since 1976.
On 1 May 2019, according to the report of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), the tropical cyclone Fani over Western Bay and adjoining area, moved northwards further over the same area centered around 6:00 pm about 1205 km southwest of Chattagram port, 1160 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1060 km Southwest of Mongla port and 1070 km southwest of Payra port. It is likely to intensify further and move in a North-Easterly direction.
The cyclone is moving fast towards the North
However, the latest updates on Google Public Alerts, shows that ‘FANI’ is heading Northwest & adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of about 17 kmph in the last six hours. It lays centred at 0530 hrs IST of 03rd May 2019 over Northwest & adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal. It extends about 85 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), about 70 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha), about 280 km northeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), and 390 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal).
Bracing the dangerous cyclonic storm
The districts which are prone to danger are Chattagram, Cox’s Bazar, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Khulna, Barisal and Bhola. At an inter-ministerial meeting at the Secretariat in Dhaka yesterday, the State Minister and other members of the Meteorological Department took the decision to evacuate the residents of the coastal areas to the 3,868 shelters within Friday evening.
According to Meteorological Department Director Shamsuddin Ahmed, Bangladesh will be in full range of the storm on Friday by 6 pm.
Measures taken so far
On the other hand, 137 storm shelters in Satkhira have prepared themselves to tackle the storm and 66 medical teams have been kept on standby in Lakshampur to protect and combat the storm strategically.
The fishermen and the trawlers are advised to remain closed and many stores and residing places near the coastal areas have been told to be evacuated until further notice. The Meteorological Department have predicted heavy rainfall, storm wind and rough sea conditions to occur which will cause extensive damage to houses near the danger prone areas.