Since the Bay became turbulent because of the approaching cyclone Bulbul, water vessels remained anchored at the Alipur-Mohipur harbor in Potuakhali on Friday. -AA
All sorts of inland water transportation was suspended on Friday for an indefinite time as cyclonic storm Bulbul over the Bay of Bengal is nearing the coasts.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority announced the suspension of riverine transport services on Friday evening until further notice as the storm reached within 500 kilometers of the coasts.
A cautionary signal No. 4 has been hoisted for inland water, BIWTA spokesman Mobarak Hossain Majumder told media.
The Met Office has raised the warning level at Mongla and Payra ports to danger signal No. 7, and No. 6 at Chattogram. Cox's Bazar has been asked to keep hoisted cautionary signal No. 4.
Cyclone Bulbul was centered at 12 noon on Friday about 695 km southwest of Chattogram port, 645 km southwest of Cox's Bazar port, 585 km southwest of Mongla port and 575 km southwest of Payra port.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northwesterly direction. Under the peripheral influence of the severe cyclonic storm 'Bulbul', gusty wind may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and coastal areas of the country.
Sea will remain very high near the severe cyclone centre.All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.
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