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Cyclone Bulbul: Operations at Calcutta airport to be suspended

10 November 2019

According to IMD, light to moderate rainfall at most places is very likely over coastal districts of West Bengal with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rain at isolated places over North and South 24 Parganas, East Medinipur.

Due to severe cyclone "Bulbul", operations at the Kolkata airport have been suspended for 12 hours with effect from 6 pm on Saturday. The system is likely to weaken gradually after landfall as a severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained speed of 110 to 120 kilometre per hour with gusts up to 135 kmph, the Met department said in Kolkata.

Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday reviewed preparedness in view of cyclone "Bulbul" through video conferencing with the government officials of Odisha and West Bengal, stated news agency ANI.

One person was killed by an uprooted tree in Kolkata and another by a wall that collapsed under the force of the winds in Odisha state, authorities said.

The cyclone is also due to hit the Indian state of West Bengal.

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Bhubaneswar: The coastal districts in Odisha are experiencing heavy rainfall and gusty wind under the impact of Cyclone Bulbul, which is moving towards the West Bengal coast on Saturday.

NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed in Jhargram, Kharagpur, Digha, Kakdwip in South 24 Paraganas and in North 24 Parganas.

Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 Kmph gusting to 70 Kmph also likely over adjoining districts of West Medinipur, Howrah and Hooghly during the same period, IMD said.

Announcements are being made in coastal Bangladesh districts on loudspeakers asking people to evacuate their homes and move to about 500 shelters.

Ships have been moved to safer locations at Paradip, Dhamra and Sagar Island coasts, Inspector General of Coast Guard, Rajan Bargotra, told PTI.

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"We have also started vacating houses and building in both residential and hotel situated close to the sea", the official said that all leaves of the officials have been cancelled.

Sixteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force are on alert.

"Schools, colleges and anganwadi centres have been closed and more than 1,20,000 people have already been rescued from the vulnerable coastal areas".

She said Contai, Ramnagar and Khejuri were among the most affected areas in the storm.

Banerjee said in total 1.64.315 lakh people have been hit by the cyclone.

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Cyclone Bulbul: Operations at Calcutta airport to be suspended