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Published on May 14, 2013
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Latest observations show that cyclone 'Mahasen' is slowly but surely heading towards the coastal areas of Bangladesh.Preparations are underway to tackle its impact in vulnerable areas and the weekly holidays of government officials in the areas have been cancelled.
In the past four days, the route of 'Mahasen' was uncertain.
But, on Tuesday night, a Bangladesh Meteorological Department official, Shamsuddin Ahmed, said the cyclone was headed towards the Teknaf coast.
Similar prediction was also made in BBC's weather forecast.
The cyclone will cross the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh and Myanmar, accompanying tidal waves of up to five metres, rain and gusts, it said.
The cyclone may hit any coastal area by Thursday, said Ahmed, the Deputy Director of Cyclone Warning Centre.
"Four things are clear now. Mahasen will cross coastal areas of Banlgadesh, its intensity has not increased, it is moving slowly, and it will hit anytime after Wednesday or on Thursday."
At around 6:00pm on Tuesday, another Met Office official, Mohammad Shah Alam had had told bdnews24.com that 'Mahasen' might head for Odisha in India and not hit Bangladesh if it stayed on its course.
But, the storm had changed course, officials said.
The cyclone appeared stagnant for three hours since 9:00am on Tuesday. From 3:00pm to 6:00pm, it had advanced up to 12 kilometres.
One met official, seeking anonymity, said though the storm was expected to cross Teknaf and Myanmar coastal areas, it would impact the shorelines of Cox's Bazar-Chittagong.