Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has suspended the water vessel services on all routes across the country as severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ is intensifying over the west-central bay and adjoining area.
BIWTA Chairman Mozammel Haque said: "Water vessel service on all routes in the country remained suspended since 3 pm today as under the influence of the storm heavy rainfall is likely to occur in the south region of the country."
Meanwhile, the maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisting local cautionary signal number four.
“The storm is still intensifying and it is likely to move India over South Odisha by tomorrow,” a meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) Ruhul Quddus said.
The severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ over west-central bay and adjoining area moved slightly northwards over the same area and was centered at 12 noon today about 910 km southwest of Chattogram Port, 870 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar Port, 775 km southwest of Mongla Port and 780 km southwest of Payra Port.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a north or northwesterly direction.
Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 km of the severe cyclone centre is about 90 kph, rising to 110 kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain very rough near the system centre.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.