Cyclone threatens Bangladesh

2013-05-13 12:01
A storm lights up the sky above the Yangon river. (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

A storm lights up the sky above the Yangon river. (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)

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Dhaka - A tropical cyclone was churning over the Bay of Bengal on Monday, prompting authorities to alert nearly 50 000 volunteers in coastal districts of Bangladesh, officials said.

"We have asked district administrations and volunteers to take all necessary preparations in case Cyclone Mahasen makes landfall on Bangladesh coast," Abdul Wazed, director general of disaster management, told dpa by phone.

The Cyclone Preparedness Programme was planning to be operational in 13 districts.

Cyclone centres in coastal areas and offshore islands on alert and fishing boats were advised not to venture out to sea as the storm approached to about 1 000km from the port of Cox's Bazar, he said.

Military troops were also preparing for rescue operations.

The storm was expected to make landfall in Bangladesh and Myanmar by Wednesday.

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