Dhaka: Bangladesh has evacuated nearly 100,000 people from the country’s low-lying coastal villages and islands as Cyclone Bulbul set to hit the country on Saturday.
The officials said the Meteorological Department has asked local authorities and two ports to raise their highest alert.
The cyclone with a wind speed of 120 kilometres per hour (75 miles), is on course to make landfall near the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.
It is home to the endangered Bengal tigers. The cyclone is expected to hit the Bangladesh coast at around 8 pm (1400 GMT), disaster management secretary Shah Kamal told news agencies.