Cyclone Bulbul: Operations at Kolkata airport suspended for 12 hours

Residents along the Bay of Bengal coast prepare as this powerful storm approaches

"The storm is expected to have a maximum sustained wind speed of 110 to 120 kmph, gusting up to 135 kmph, while crossing the coast", a senior IMD official was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.

The fishing operations have been totally suspended over Odisha-West Bengal coasts till November 10.

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.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is also expected over areas like West Medinipur, Howrah and Hooghly.

Hundreds of trees were uprooted and several mud houses collapsed in coastal areas of South 24 Parganas, and there were reports of powercuts, as electricity lines got snapped. Districts of East and West Midnapore, Purulia, Birbhum, Bankura and North and South 24 Parganas were put on high alert. Sixteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force are on alert.

Earlier today, the IMD said that "Cyclone Bulbul" formed over the Bay of Bengal has intensified and is set to head towards West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts.

Personnel of the Indian Coast Guard were in readiness to tackle any eventuality in the wake of Bulbul.


The chief minister appealed to citizens to maintain calm and not to panic. Naval Officers-in-Charge, West Bengal and Odisha are in constant liaison with respective state administrations for rendering assistance as required, they added.

An emergency operations centre (EOC) control room was opened at the state secretariat.

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

Jena said the schools would continue to remain shut on Saturday in nine vulnerable districts, including Puri, Khurda, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

Cyclones have often hit Bangladesh in the past, killing thousands of people, but the country has successfully reduced the number of casualties in recent years by being better prepared.

The NREC said that NDRF, ODRAF and Fire Service teams are already engaged in cutting fallen trees and clearing roads. Officials said Kendrapara district resident Ganeswar Mallick died after a sheet of asbestos landed on him. The boats have been safely docked/harboured and the crew and other therein have been provided with required shelter and food, it said.

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