Bangladesh has evacuated more than 300,000 people from at-risk areas as part of emergency preparations ahead of a powerful cyclone's landfall on Saturday. It might also uproot trees, ruin crops and cause embankment erosion, he warned.
Meanwhile, flight operations will remain suspended at Kolkata Airport from 6.00 pm today till 6.am on Sunday, November 10, said news agency ANI.
The weather department has forecast sustained windspeed of 120 to 130 km per hour with gusts of up to 140 kmph when the cyclone will be at its "very severe" form on Friday and then lessen to a "severe" cyclonic storm on November 9.
"Due to very severe cyclone "Bulbul", operations at Kolkata airport is being suspend from 1800 hours on November 9 up to 0600 hours on November 10", a home ministry official said in the national capital.
While one boat docked at a place close to Dhamara capsized in the shore, the nine people in the boat are safe.
Light to moderate rainfall at most places over the north coastal districts of Odisha with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur; and with heavy falls at isolated places over Jajpur district on Saturday.
Squally winds with speed reaching 40-60 to 70 km/hr are also likely over adjoining districts of West Medinipur, Howrah and Hooghly during the same period. Authorities in nearby Bangladesh put more than 50,000 volunteers on standby and readied about 5000 shelters as a strong cyclone in the Bay of Bengal is expected to hit the low-lying nation's vast southwestern and southern coast on Saturday evening.
The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm "Bulbul" (Pronounced as Bul bul) over northwest Bay of Bengal moved almost northwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past 06 hours, and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 9 th November 2019, over northwest Bay of Bengal, near Lat.20.4°N and Long.
An NDRF team has about 45 personnel.
"Deputy Inspector General S R Dash, who is Commander of Coast Guard, West Bengal, said three disaster management teams have been stationed at Haldia and two at Fraserganj in 24 Parganas district for timely action".
The West Bengal Government is working on war footing to minimize the impact of super cyclonic storm Bulbul which is likely to hit the state tonight.
The sea condition is likely to be very high over central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal and rough to very rough along and off Odisha and West Bengal coasts.
"The cyclone will pass through mid-west region which may bring heavy rainfall or thunder showers accompanied by gusts across the country including Dhaka", said Ashraful Alam, a meteorologists at Bangladesh's weather authority, reported Dhaka-based The Daily Star.