The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday suspended the operation of all types of water transport across the country following inclement weather due to formation of cyclonic storm 'Titli over the Bay.
BIWTA public relations officer Mobarak Hossain said plying of launches, ferries and speedboats will remain halted on all waterways across the country until further notice. He said the decision was taken as cyclonic storm 'Titli' intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over the West-Central Bay and adjoining area.
The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted distant cautionary signal No 4 as severe cyclonic storm, 'Titli', over the West-central Bay and adjoining area moved slightly northwestwards over the same area, said a Met office bulletin.
The cautionary signal 4 means the ports will be affected by the cyclone with a probable wind speed of 51kph to 61kph. Highest security measures are yet to be needed.
A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal turned into a severe cyclonic storm and moved north-north-west towards the coasts in Andhra and Odisha in India.
The cyclone centred 945km south-west of Chattogram port, 900km south-west of Cox's Bazar port, 815km south-west of Mongla port and 815km south-west of Payra port on Wednesday, the Met office said in a special bulletin.
The maximum sustained wind speed within the 64km of the cyclone centre was about 90kph rising to 110kph in gusts and squalls.The Met office has advised all fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay and deep sea to take shelter.
The maximum sustained wind speed may turn 120-130kph rising to 145 kph in gusts and squalls.Titli may change its course a little and move towards West Bengal after its landfall and gradually weaken, the Indian Met Office said.
It will affect the Sundarbans, Satkhira, Bagerhat and Khulna, according to meteorologists in Bangladesh. The cyclone has caused clouds clustering in the sky in Dhaka and some other parts of the country.
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