Super cyclone Amphan may hit Myanmar's northern Rakhine State


  • Myanmar
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

YANGON, May 19 (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - When the Super Cyclonic Storm (AMPHAN) raging over the Bay of Bengal passes through India and the border of Bangladesh, it may hit parts of northern Rakhine State, according to an alert by the Meteorologists.

“Rain will fall in Rakhine and Chin States, upper Sagaing Region, Mandalay, Yangon, Ayeyawady and Mon State on May 19th and 20th. Now, the storm is moving to the northern part. Later, it will be passing through the India and border of Bangladesh. So, the storm may affect the northern Rakhine State. The fishing boats offshore of Rakhine State must be careful about the storm. After the storm, it will be hot. Central Myanmar will suffer from the heat. Rain will continuously fall in Mon, Kayin and Taninthari Region. Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon can enter the southern parts, ” said Meteorologist Chit Kyaw.

“We suggested that the super Cyclonic Storm will move to North- northeast parts. Later, it will pass on the India and Bangladesh’s border on May 20th. The circle of the storm is a little big. Occasional squalls with rough to very rough seas will be experienced off and along Deltaic, Rakhine coasts. Surface wind speed in squalls may reach (40-45)m.p.h, ” said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, Director General of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).

According to the observations at (05:30)hrs M.S.T today, the Super Cyclonic Storm (AMPHAN) over the West Central Bay of Bengal has moved to the North-Northeast-ward.

It is centered at about (325)Nautical miles South of Paradip(Odisha-India), about (405) Nautical miles South-Southwest of Digha(india), about (475) Nautical miles South-Southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh), about (400)Nautical miles West-Northwest of Coco-Island and about (490) Nautical miles West-Southwest of Pathein (Myanmar). Weather is partly cloudy over the East Central Bay and cloudy over the Andaman Sea and elsewhere over the Bay of Bengal.

As the the cyclone is not heading towards Myanmar yet, only a yellow-level warning has been issued.

The DMH also announced that rain or thundershowers will be fairly widespread in Bago, Yangon, Ayeyarwady and Taninthayi Regions, Rakhine and Mon States, scattered in Naypyitaw, Mandalay and Magway Regions, Southern Shan, Chin, Kayah and Kayin States and isolated in the remaining Regions and States. Degree of certainty is (80%).

Occasional squalls with rough seas will be experienced off and along Deltaic, Rakhine Coasts. Surface wind speed in squalls may reach (40)m.p.h. Wave height will be about (8-12) feet off and along Deltaic, Rakhine Coasts.

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