Cyclone Amphan loses intensity and turns into land depression

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2020-05-21 09:01:36 BdST

Cyclone Amphan has lost its intensity and turned into a land deep depression, Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in its latest bulletin.

The cyclone will weaken gradually by giving precipitation.

The Met Office instructed the maritime ports to lower great danger signals and hoist local cautionary signal No. 3 instead, said Shamsuddin Ahmed, director of the weather office.

On Wednesday, the maritime ports of Mongla and Payra were advised to keep following great danger signal No. 10, while Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar ports were advised to continue hoisting great danger signal No. 9, as Amphan approached the coast.

The low lying areas of the coastal districts and their offshore islands and chars were inundated by storm surges of 10-15 feet above the normal astronomical tide.

The cyclone killed at least 16 people in Bangladesh and India, destroyed thousands of homes and flooded low-lying coastal areas as it cut a merciless path through the two countries.

In Bangladesh, at least six people were reported dead in Patuakhali, Satkhira, Pirojpur, Bhola and Barguna.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at least 10 people had died in the state, and two districts been completely battered by one of the strongest storms to hit the region in several years, according to Reuters.