PATHEIN- Due to the severe Cyclonic Storm BULBUL over the Westcentral Bay and adjoining Eastcentral Bay of Bengal, the ferries and cargo ships in Ayeyawady Region were banned from departing at night since yesterday evening.
It moved North-Northwestwards and is centered at about 225 nautical miles South-Southeast of Paradip (Odisha), India, 345 nautical miles South-Southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh), 340 nautical miles Southwest of Pathein Township, Ayeyawady Region and 350 nautical miles Southwest of Gwa Township, Rakhine State.
Although the storm is not moving towards Myanmar coasts, some major cities have heavy rain as well as strong wind and high tides occur in Myanmar coast.
“At present, the storm is happening on the Eastcentral Bay of Bengal. It changed into severe Cyclonic storm. It will move to the northwest. Heavy rain and strong wind will occur in Myanmar due to the cyclonic storm. So, we planned to issue the statement saying that all ferries plying offshore and inshore were banned from departing at night. If the weather will be clear, we are going to allow the ferries plying,” said Win Htay, Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communications Minister from Ayeyawady Region.
“We already issued the warning against the Cyclonic storm BULBUL. Due to the BULBUL, Rain or thundershowers will be fairly widespread in Magway, Bago, Yangon and Ayeyawady Regions and Rakhine State, scattered in Kayah, Kayin, Shan and Mon States, Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, Thanintharyi Regions and isolated in Sagaing Region and Kachin State with isolated heavy falls in Magway, Yangon and Ayeyawady Regions and Rakhine State within next two days. Occasional squalls with rough seas will be experienced Deltaic, Gulf of Mottama, off and along Mon-Taninthayi coasts. Surface wind speed in squalls may reach 40 mph. Sea will be moderate elsewhere in Myanmar waters. Wave height will be about 8-12 feet along Myanmar coasts. So, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) warned domestic flights and the fishing vessels along Myanmar coasts against the cyclonic storm BULBUL,” said DMH’s Head Officer Soe Soe Lwin from Ayeyawady Region.
The BULBUL is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and it is already coded the yellow stage.