Bangladesh: Mass evacuation as Cyclone Bulbul approaches



Fishermen are advised not to venture into the North-West Bay of Bengal along and off the Odisha-Bengal coasts from Friday to Sunday.

The weather office in Dhaka, the capital, issued the most severe storm signal for Bulbul, which was packing maximum sustained winds of 74 kilometers (46 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph). The cyclone will then lose some of its strength and become a "severe" cyclonic storm.

Meanwhile, home ministry officials said operations at the Kolkata airport, the busiest in eastern India, has been suspended for 12 hours beginning 6 pm on Saturday due to severe cyclone "Bulbul".

Villagers holding umbrellas carry their belongings on their way to enter a relief centre as Cyclone Bulbul is approaching, in Bakkhali near Namkhana in Indian state of West Bengal on November 9, 2019.

The weather department moreover predicts light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north coastal districts of Odisha on 8th & 9th November 2019 while light to moderate rainfall at most places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over coastal districts of West Bengal on 9th November 2019.

Forecasters expect the storm to move north, weakening gradually. The weather department said the system is likely to move initially north-northwestwards and then almost northwards till November 9. Cyclone Bulbul Update: Odisha, West Bengal to Brace for Heavy Rainfall Over Next 48 Hours As Cyclonic Storm Intensifies.

While one boat docked at a place close to Dhamara capsized in the shore, the nine people in the boat are safe.

The weatherman said that gale wind speed reaching 120 to 130 kmph and gusting to 140 kmph was prevailing over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal.

The conditions will be very rough to very high over the North-East Bay of Bengal from Saturday morning into early Sunday morning. An emergency operations center (EOC) control room was opened at the West Bengal secretariat. While 14 teams of NDRF have been positioned, additional teams are being deployed at the request of states. Naval Officers-in-Charge, West Bengal and Odisha are in constant liaison with respective state administrations for rendering assistance as required, they added.

The meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was informed by the IMD that the cyclone has now intensified and is likely to cross the West Bengal coast by Saturday evening.

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.

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