Image: Top: Satellite image of cyclone SIDR; Alerted fishing boats are seen near Patenga sea beach in Chittagong yesterday as the cyclonic storm packing high winds and heavy rains seemed imminent. Photos: Focus Bangla/Star
Mongla Seaport on Highest Alert
Cyclone Sidr, a powerful Category 4 storm with destructive potential, gained even more strength in the past 12 hours, and shows no signs of losing strength for at least 24 hours. It is forecast to lose strength before landfall, but would still hit land as a strong Category 1 storm.
The storm, now packing 138 mph sustained winds, is headed for landfall on the western edge of Bangladesh, at the border with India, near to where Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), the capital of its province, sits.
Past strong storms to hit Bangladesh have caused massive casualties, numbering in the hundreds of thousands -- giving this hurricane perhaps the most deadly potential of any so far this year.