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Mahasen weakening- Updated: 2013-05-16 10:26:05.0

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Cyclone Mahasen weakened on impacting the Bangladesh coast on Thursday, as it breezed past the Meghna estuary to cross Noakhali and Sitakunda in Chittagong in the afternoon.

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Bangladesh Meteorological Department Director Mohammad Shah Alam told that the cyclone was expected to cross over to Myanmar in the next three to five hours.
“We will consider lowering danger signal after the storm clears the coast,” he said. "It is weakening."

From 6am-12noon, the storm sustained wind speed of 50 kilometres per hour, but later windspeeds fell to 25 kilometres per hour.

“ While crossing Patuakhali, the storm lost much of its strength dissipated by gusty winds and rainfall.”

He said the storm might pass away from Bangladesh by 9:00pm at night.
Weather forecast light to moderate rainfalls through coastal areas of Bangladesh and some inland regions until Friday morning

Cyclone Mahasen hit Patuakhali coast with wind speed up to 90 kilometres per hour on Thursday morning.

But instead of gaining strength on impact, it weakened after it.
"It is not a severe cyclone. It did not gain strength in the last part of its journey as it hit the coast," said Shamsuddin Ahmed, deputy director of Bangladesh Met department.
South-eastern districts were experiencing gusty winds accompanied by rainfall. More than 100 huts have collapsed in Patuakhali amidst a power blackout in the region.

Cox’s Bazar was also without power.

Control room said two elderly men died, crushed by trees, in Bhola and Barguna districts.

Low lying coastal areas were already submerged under at least two feet water, Correspondents reported. However, authorities had moved away one million people ahead of the storm on Wednesday night.

Maritime ports of Chittagong And Cox’s Bazar were still retaining danger signal ‘7’.
The coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Bhola, Borguna, Patuakhali, Barisal and their offshore islands and chars were also advised to keep up danger signal ‘7’.

Mongla port was advised to hoist danger signal number '5'. As were the coastal districts of Pirozpur, Jhalokathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars

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