Dhaka: Bangladesh has issued an alert over Cyclone Thane that is heading towards its southeast coast. The storm was about 1,200 km from the Chittagong port, the meteorological department said. It is likely to intensify and move in a northwestern direction, it added.

Fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and precede with caution till further notice, Xinhua reports.

They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.