13 coastal dist may inundate due to deep depression at Bay of Bengal

13 coastal dist may inundate due to deep depression at Bay of Bengal

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Dhaka-A monsoon Depression over the north Bay of Bengal off Gangetic West Bengal and Bangladesh coast has intensified into a deep Depression yesterday that may inundate low lying areas in 13 coastal districts with tidal surges 2-3 feet above normal astronomical tides.According to a warning by the Bangladesh Meteorological Department(BMD) the districts are Cox’sBazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxipur, Borguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars.
Meanwhile, high winds and tides along with drizzles since morning over the Padma has interrupted ferry services, passenger launches and speed boats plying the Shimulia and Kewra kandi routes making it difficult for people crossing the river which has not yet gone back to its normal pre-flood condition.
Already the Ganges river that takes its name the Padma entering Bangladsh at Kansat in Chapainawabganj has been on the rise again for the past few days.
It may continue to rise in the next 48 hours, the flood forecasting and warning centre (FFWC) said yesterday.
That means in the downstream the Padma will continue in spate with strong currents and the sea surges will also keep it swelling, concerned sources said.
An official of the BIWTC at Shimulia terminal said, they are running their services with three Ro Ro ferries out of four as one has gone for servicing.
T type ferries and two smaller ferries are carrying buses and passenger cars maintaining the services negotiating the strong currents and inclement weather.
The people are using the ferries to cross the river along with large launches, the officials said as they have stopped the ubiquitous speed boats and smaller launches to ferry passengers negotiating the turbulent waters of the Padma in high winds.
Meanwhile, the BMD sources said, the Deep Depression has turned the sea turbulent with pressure gradient and squally winds that has made the maritime time port authorities of the Chittagong,Cox’sBazar,Mongla and Payra to keep flying local cautionary signal no 3,since Tuesday.
The BMD has also asked the fishing boats and trawlers to negotiate the sea keeping close to the coast until; further order.
The sources further said, the depression may unleash winds and rains over the country for the next 72 hours.

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