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Bangladesh: Cyclone Akash crosses the Coast without significant damages

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According to Bangladesh Meteorology Department, the Cyclonic Storm "AKASH" has crossed Chittagong-Cox'sbazar coast this morning (at 09 a.m, 15 May 2007) without causing any significant damages to lives and properties.

All three maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox'sbazar and Mongla have been advised to hoisted local cautionary signal number three (3).

As the sea will be rough and high all along the coastal belt the fishermen have been warned not to venture out till mid-night today and then afterwards may proceed with caution.

There is no possibility of causing damages by the gradually weakening cyclonic storm but under its influence rain/thundershowers at most places are likely to continue next few hours.

By contacting to all our member organizations working along and off the coastal belt and to Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP),

we become informed that this cyclone did not cause so far any significant damage and loss to lives and properties except inundating few low-lying areas.

Our member Codec informed us that there is no rain in Chittagong and the sky becomes clear gradually. They did not receive any damage/causality news from their field offices at Barguna, Patuakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Noakhali and Chittagong. We received the same information from Resource Integration Center at Cox'sbazar and Gono Unnayan Prochesta at Banshkhali.

Why the name Akash to a cyclone?

Explaining (to media) why the cyclone was named Akash, Alipore of India weather office director G C Debnath said: "This cyclone is special because it is the first this season (pre-monsoon). The names are given following a nomenclature prepared by the World Meteorological Organisation." Thus, while Monday's night's cyclone is being called Akash, the next one will be called Bijli, then Jal, Lehar, Megh, Sagar, Vayu and so on.

Sources of Information:

1. The Special Weather Bulletin No. 12 of Bangladesh Meteorology Department

2. India Meteorology Department

3. Member NGOs of NIRAPAD

4. Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP)