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Met office lowers danger signal for cyclone -The Asian Age

The Met office has lowered danger signals as Cyclone Fani is crossing parts of Bangladesh after striking India’s Odisha and West Bengal coasts.

The storm killed at least four people and injured 63 others in Bangladesh, said State Minister for Disaster Management Enamur Rahman in a briefing at the Secretariat on Saturday.

At least 1.6 million people taken to storm centres can return home by Saturday afternoon, he said.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department Bangladesh lowered danger signal to No 3 for Mongla, Payra, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.

A storm surge of 4-5 feet height above normal astronomical tide may hit the coastal districts under the influence of the storm and the new moon phase, it said.

The severe cyclonic storm weakened before entering Bangladesh on Saturday morning after killing at least 12 people in eastern Odisha state.

It was crossing Tangail and Mymensingh region as a deep depression in the noon, said the Met office.

The storm will become weaker after rain.

All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep-sea have been advised to proceed with caution until further notice.