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Another cyclone likely to hit country by end of May

ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN, Dhaka
Another cyclone likely to hit country by end of May

Even as Bangladesh is trying to come to grips with the effects of Fani, meteorologists have warned that the country is likely going to experience another cyclonic storm this month. Fani, the most powerful storm in years, struck Bangladesh on Saturday, uprooting trees, damaging crops over vast swaths of farmland, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 10 people.

According to Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) sources, there are possibilities of the formation of two deep depressions in the Bay of Bengal this month and one of them will take a cyclonic form.

‘Vayu’, the name of upcoming cyclone, is likely to hit Bangladesh by the end of May. Besides, the country will experience a heat wave this month as the mercury is likely to rise to 40°C, the

sources added. This spells bad news for the country with the holy month of Ramadan set to begin today.

“There is no possibility of any disturbance in the Bay of Bengal for the next five days. But, there are possibilities of the formation of at least two depressions in the Bay of Bengal this month,” senior meteorologist Dr Abdul Mannan told The Independent yesterday.

When asked about the formation of a cyclonic storm, Mannan replied: “It is very difficult to say at this moment. We consider the month of May as highly risky for the formation of depressions and cyclonic storms. There is a possibility of the formation of a cyclonic storm this month, but it would depend on the nature of the depression.”

The areas of Bay of Bengal are huge, he said, adding that the intensity of the storm can be understood depending on the origin of the place of depression at sea.

He also said that the name of the next cyclonic storm will be Vayu, a name coined by India.

It would take at least five days to overcome the influence of Fani, the meteorologist said, adding that they could forecast the next formation of depression and cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal only after a week.

A weather forecast for May was tabled at an expert committee meeting, chaired by BMD director Shamsuddin Ahmed, on May 2.

According to the forecast, the north and north-western parts of the country are likely to experience a heat wave this month as the mercury is likely to cross 40°C. Besides, two moderate (36–38°C) to medium (38–40°C) type of heat waves are also likely this month.

According to the forecast report, there are also possibilities of heavy rainfall in May.

The rainfall in Dhaka division is likely to be 280–345 mm. 360–450 mm in Mymensingh division, 300–370 mm in Chattogram division, 500–610 mm in Sylhet division, 190–235 mm in Rajshahi division, 150–310 mm in Rangpur division, 165–210 mm in Khulna division and 250–310 mm in Barishal division in May, BMD source said.

Besides, this month is also likely to witness the formation of 2-3 nor’westers with hailstorms.

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