Tropical cyclone affects West Bengal and Bangladesh of India

Cyclone Bulbul Landfall Live Update

Cyclone Bulbul: Operations at Calcutta airport to be suspended

The port town of Paradip recorded a rainfall of around 160 mm, while Chandbali registered 143 mm during this time span, Jena said and added that Dhamra in Bhadrak district experienced wind speeds of 110 kmph.

The weatherman also said the severity of "Bulbul" will cause damage to kucha houses, roads, communication and power lines along its path in the coastal and adjoining districts of West Bengal.

Operations at Kolkata airport will be suspended from 6 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Sunday due to Cyclone Bulbul, PTI reported, citing officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The IMD also mentioned about the cyclone "Maha" and said that some places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat are likely to receive rainfall in the next 24 hours due to its influence. "Special Control Rooms have been set up and NDRF-SDRF teams are deployed". Sufficient relief materials, dry fruits, terpoline have been sent to different relief godowns situated at blocks, sub-division and district level at Sunderbans, South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore, he said.

Despite incessant heavy rains, projected to be between 7-11 cm, lashing southern West Bengal since Friday late night, Eastern Railways maintained normal train movements till evening when the downpour, as a result of the cyclone, intensified and train movement had to be stopped in two crucial sections.

Bangladesh's junior disaster management minister, Enamur Rahman, said up to 1.8 million were expected to be evacuated by the evening across the low-lying delta nation's vast coastal region.

As for West Bengal, squally wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is prevailing along and off West Bengal coast.

According to the disaster management division of the National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), restrictions on fishing boats' movement have been imposed till 12 November and all boats have been advised to return to the coast.

The Kendrapara district administration has evacuated 1,070 people to safe shelters, and over 1,500 were shifted in Balasore and Jagatsinhgpur districts, they said.

"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.

All schools and Anganwadi centres remained closed for the day in Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Jajpur districts in view of the rough weather.

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