A powerful cyclone called Mocha is rapidly intensifying in the Bay of Bengal, posing a significant threat to the coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is providing weather support and forecasts to help humanitarian agencies respond to this dangerous situation.
According to the WMO Regional Specialized Meteorological Center in New Delhi, Cyclone Mocha is expected to continue strengthening until it makes landfall between Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh and Kyaukpyu in Myanmar near Sittwe in Myanmar on May 14 around noon local time.
The cyclone is forecast to hit with maximum sustained winds of 180-190 km/h, equivalent to a Category 3 storm on the Saffir Simpson scale. Storm surge of approximately 2.0 to 2.5 meters above astronomical tides is likely to inundate low-lying areas of northern Myanmar and the adjacent southeastern coast of Bangladesh, posing a significant risk of flooding, flash flooding and landslides due to heavy rains.
Mocha Cyclone will affect these areas in Bangldesh
The ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and Payra are included in danger sign No.8, along with several districts including Feni, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Barishal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur and Barguna. The local warning sign No.4 was also displayed at the Mongla sea port from noon on Friday.
Local independent outlet Myanmar Now reports that residents of the coastal areas of Myanmar’s Rakhine State and Ayeyarwady region have begun evacuating their homes and seeking shelter in anticipation of Cyclone Mocha’s arrival.
It is forecast to the north coast of Myanmar between Cox’s Bazar and Kyaukpyu (Myanmar), near Sittwe, Myanmar at noon on May 14 as a very strong cyclonic storm.
Due to the impact of Cyclone Mocha, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tripura and Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and southern Assam are likely to experience heavy rainfall in isolated locations due to Cyclone Mocha, IMD said.
Strong winds expected
Squally wind speed reaching 180 to 190 kmph gusting to 210 kmph very likely over east central Bay of Bengal.
On the other hand, strong winds with a speed of 70 to 80 kmph were observed over Northeast Bay of Bengal from morning and increased to reach 90 kmph and gradually increased to 180 to 190 kmph from evening. It is expected to turn into a speed of 210 kmph.
Squally wind speed reaching 180 to 190 kmph gusting to 210 kmph very likely over westcentral Bay of Bengal by evening.
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