Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cyclonic storm 'Mahasen' hits Bangladesh coastlines

The cyclonic storm 'Mahasen' on Thursday hit Bangladesh's southern Patuakhali coast with wind speed up to 90 kilometers per hour, killing one person, officials said. "The cyclonic storm 'Mahasen' started crossing the coast near Patuakhali (Khapupara). The coast grazing cyclone is likely to move northeasterly direction further and may cross Chittagong-Cox's Bazar coast by noon of May 16," the latest bulletin from Bangladesh meteorological department said.

It said the storm was centered at 9am about 270 kms southwest of Chittagong Port, 225 kms southwest of Cox's Bazar Port and 210 kms south of Mongla port.

The storm might widen in impact and hit Chittagong-Cox's Bazar coast with speeds up to 100 kilometers per hour.