(AFP) – May 1, 2008
DHAKA (AFP) — A cyclone in the Bay of Bengal was expected to hit the southeast coast of Bangladesh within a day, a government meteorologist warned Thursday, as disaster management officials met for urgent talks.
The warning came less than six months after cyclone Sidr caused massive devastation in southern Bangladesh, leaving more than 3,000 people dead.
"Cyclone Nargis is intensifying and is heading towards the coast. It will hit the Chittagong area on Friday afternoon," said Shah Alam, assistant director of the Meteorological Department.
Disaster management ministry officials had been summoned to an urgent meeting to assess the potential danger, an official told AFP.
Fishing crews have already been told to stay close to the shore and not to venture into the Bay of Bengal.
Half a million people perished in a cyclone in 1970. Some 138,000 died in 1991 in a tidal wave caused by a cyclone.
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