Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The cyclonic storm ‘Aila’ crossed Bangladesh coast through southwestern Khulna coastal belt into India’s West Bengal State, a met official said on Monday night.

The cyclone moved northwards and crossed West-Bengal-Khulna (Bangladesh) coast near Sagar island of India, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department latest weather bulletin.

“Now it lies at Kolkata and adjoining area of India, but the remaining part of the storm is still crossing,” the met office said, adding: “It is likely to move in a northerly direction further inland. Sea will remain very rough.”

The maritime port of Mongla was advised to hoist danger signal number seven, as the cyclone passed through that coastal belt.

On the other hand, maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal number six.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter until further notice.

BBN/SS/SI/AD=26May09-12:20 am (BST)