Cyclone Giri likely to cross Myanmar coast on Friday night

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, October 22, 2010

A very severe cyclonic storm "Giri" over north-east Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further and move northeastwards and cross the Myanmar coast between Sittwe and Kyaupyu by tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

A bulletin issued by the IMD said the cyclone remained practically stationary and lay centred at 1130 hours today near latitude 19 degrees North and 93 degrees East, about 150 km south of Sittwe and 110 km west-southwest of Kyaukpyu, 240 south-southeast of Teknaf in Bangladesh and 650 km southeast of Digha in West Bengal.

Since the system is likely to move towards Myanmar coast, it is not expected to affect the east coast of India, the IMD said.

However, the system is under constant watch and the concerned state governments would be informed accordingly, the bulletin added.