Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – A well-marked monsoon low persists over Morth Bay and adjoining areas yesterday, a latest Met office bulletin said on Sunday.

“It is likely to intensify further. Monsoon is moderate to strong elsewhere over north Bay,” the bulletin said, adding that under its influence steep pressure gradient lies over the North Bay.

Squally weather may affect the maritime ports and coastal areas of Bangladesh, it added.

The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice.

Under the influence of the well-marked low and steep pressure gradient over the north Bay, the coastal districts of Bangladesh and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind driven surge of two to four feet height above normal astronomical tide.

The people of the coastal belts are advised to take necessary precaution to face the inundation due to the probable wind driven surge for their safety.

Cyclone Aila hit the southern coastal districts of the country on May 25, killing at least 180 people and injuring many others. The storm damaged many houses, standing crops and uprooted trees and washed away cattle.

BBN/SS/SI/AD-08June09-2:17 am (BST)