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Deep depression intensified into cyclonic storm Mocha

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Deep depression intensified into cyclonic storm Mocha

The deep depression over Southeast Bay and adjoining area moved to north-northwestwards and intensified into cyclonic storm Mocha over the same area, said a special weather bulletin on Thursday (May 11).

“The deep depression over Southeast Bay and adjoining area moved to north-northwestwards and intensified into cyclonic storm Mocha over the same area. It is likely to intensify further and move in a North-Northwesterly direction till tomorrow morning”, it said.

It is also likely to re-curve gradually and move to North-Northeastwards, the bulletin said.

The Mocha was centered at 6am today about 1295kms South-Southwest of Chattogram port, 1220Kms South-Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1265Kms South-Southwest of Mongla port and 1225kms South-Southwest of Payra port.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 km of the cyclone center is about 62Kph, rising to 88 Kph in gusts or squalls.

Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone center.

Mostofa Kamal Polash, a Ph.D. researcher on meteorology and climate at the Canada’s University of Saskatchewan, said St. Martin’s Island in Cox’s Bazar may be flooded with a 15-foot-high tide due to the impact of Cyclone Mocha.

In a Facebook post, the researcher said that strong winds of 120-150 km/h and high tides of 10 to 15 feet are likely to blow over the St. Martin Island. The goods of small traders on the Island would be damaged completely if they stored the items in their shops during the cyclone.

Besides, the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar would face massive floods and landslides, he added.


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