Cyclone Hamoon, a severe storm, has hit coastal Bangladesh and is gradually losing its strength, transforming into a deep depression. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has reported that cyclone which made landfall near Chittagong is now moving northeastward. Winds were blowing at speeds of 80 to 90 kmph, gusting up to 100 kmph.
The Cyclonic Storm Hamoon over coastal Bangladesh lay centered at 0530 hours IST of 25th Oct about 40 km east-southeast of Chittagong (Bangladesh). To move northeastwards and weaken into a deep depression during next 06 hrs and further into a depression during subsequent 06 hrs. pic.twitter.com/UANYLzKnQr
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) October 25, 2023
Protecting Fishermen from Cyclone Hamoon
To warn fishermen about the storm, precautionary measures like storm warning cages were set up at ports, such as Pamban Port in Rameswaram. The authorities in Odisha had also alerted all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in anticipation of Cyclone Hamoon.
Tracking Another Storm: ‘TEJ’ Weakens near Yemen
Additionally, another cyclonic storm named ‘TEJ,’ which was previously severe, has weakened into a depression near coastal Yemen. It is expected to move west-northwestward and further weaken in the coming hours.
Weather predictions indicate that Mizoram will experience light to moderate rainfall on October 25, with isolated heavy rainfall. Similarly, Mizoram and Tripura are likely to witness light to moderate rainfall, and Nagaland, Manipur, and east Arunachal Pradesh are expected to have rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday.
Safety Measures for Fishermen: Caution Advised in Vulnerable Areas
For safety fishermen have been advised to avoid venturing into the Northeast Bay of Bengal, as well as areas along and off the coasts of Bangladesh and north Myanmar until October 25. Moreover, regions adjoining the northwest Bay of Bengal and Eastcentral Bay of Bengal should exercise caution until Wednesday afternoon, according to information from the India Meteorological Department.