Cyclone Bulbul disrupts normal life in West Bengal and Bangladesh, claims 18 lives

Cyclone bulbul claimed 10 lives in the Indian state of West Bengal and killed at least 8 people in neighbouring Bangladesh on Sunday.

The storm made landfall at a speed of 110 to 135 kmph between West Bengal’s Sagar Islands and Khepupara in Bangladesh. The tidal surge brought floods to low-lying coastal areas.

The eye of the storm hit South and North 24 Parganas in West Bengal, bringing life to a halt.

The severe cyclonic storm brought in heavy rain coupled with strong winds, uprooting trees and snapped cables on its path. The electricity board said that measures were being taken to restore power supply in areas, where electric cables have been torn apart due to the cyclone.

The NDRF and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation are working to clear the fallen trees and branches from the state capital.

Some to 2.73 lakh families were affected and thousands were evacuated from low-lying and coastal districts of West Bengal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the situation, and also spoke with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and assured all possible assistance.

In Bangladesh, some 1.8 million people were evacuated to 5,500 shelters that were prepared on Saturday.

Bangladesh’s two biggest ports, Mongla and Chittagong, were closed.

Forecasters expect the storm to move north and weaken gradually.

Improved early warning  systems have given authorities more time to evacuate people.

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