Bulbul intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm hitting Odisha and West Bengal

Cyclone to make landfall by early hours of Sunday

The cyclone ‘Bulbul’ intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm and triggering heavy rain in parts of Odisha and West Bengal,the two states are going to face the impact.

The Met department in the two states said the cyclone is likely to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh in the early hours of Sunday, bringing in its wake heavy rain and gusts of up to 135 kmph in the coastal areas.

The weatherman said the severe cyclonic storm, which lay centred 600 km south of Kolkata on Friday morning, was expected to intensify further by Saturday and move northwards.

During landfall, ‘Bulbul’ is “very likely” to be in the ‘severe cyclonic storm’ category with a maximum sustained wind speed of 110 to 120 km per hour,gusting up to 135 kmph. Cyclone Bulbul to hit houses, power lines

The storm might cause damage to kutcha houses, power and communication lines and roads in parts of West Bengal, he said, advising people in vulnerable areas to stay indoors.

The cyclone is unlikely to make the landfall in Odisha, but the state will face heavy to very heavy rainfall in its coastal and northern districts in the next two days, Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Director HR Biswas said.

According to IMD predictions,coastal Odisha is likely to experience wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph.

The authorities of two state governments are taking all measures to tackle any contingency, even as the Centre assured them of all assistance.

Several parts of Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Kendrapara witnessed heavy showers on Friday morning, with Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena asking the district collectors, mainly in the coastal and the northern region, to keep adequate arrangements in place to deal with possible waterlogging and flood-like situation.

The met department also advised West Bengal government to suspend ferry boat service on November 9 and 10 in Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, East and West Midnapore districts.

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.

“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

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