Though Foni was to hit Bangladesh on Friday midnight, it is supposed to attack Saturday any time in the coastal areas in Bangladesh, the meteorologist informed this to the press.
According to the latest information the Cyclone Foni might hit at 11 to 12 am on Saturday sunlight.
On Friday midnight, Agargaon meteorological department Director Shamssuddin Ahmed shared this information to the media.
Shamssuddin Ahmed said, ‘Foni’ may hit not only at coastal area but also at middle lands. It may cross through the northern land of Jessore, Jhinedah, Rajshahi and the south of Moymonshing. These lands may be affected by strong wind.
The sky remains overcast and rainfall is taking place at many places over the country under its influence,.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the Northern Bay and deep sea have been advised to shift in shelter till further notice.
Meanwhile, state minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman has said 1,240,795 people have been evacuated to cyclone centres in coastal districts till Friday evening.
As many as 4,071 cyclone centres have been opened in 19 coastal districts while directives have been issued to use schools and colleges as shelter centres.
Around 200,000 people took shelter in Khulna while 50,220 in Satkhira, 43,430 in Bagerhat, 25,000 in Pirojpur, 142,325 in Barguna, 3.5 lakh in Patuakhali, 8,120 in Barishal, 1.90 lakh in Bhola, 94,000 in Noakhali, 15,000 in Lakshmipur, 15,000 in Feni, 51,000 in Chattogram, 10,000 in Cox's Bazar, 12,000 in Jhalakati, 5,000 in Chandpur, 15,000 in Shariatpur, 5,000 in Madaripur, 4,000 in Gopalganj, 4,500 people in Faridpur.
The state minister said the district administrations have been directed to take necessary measures to minimise the extent of damage by the severe cyclone.
Sufficient dry food, safe drinking water and medicine have been kept at the shelters, added Enamur Rahman.
The Navy has deployed 32 ships in Chattogram, Khulna and Mongla for emergency rescue operations and relief work. Naval contingents are on standby for immediate deployment in coastal areas, ISPR said in a press release.
The government has also set up control rooms. The National Disaster Response Coordination Centre is providing updates.