Kolkata, Nov 10 : Severe Cyclone storm "Bulbul", which finally made landfall over Indo-Bangladesh coast on Saturday night, left a trail of destruction in the areas of Bakkhali, Namkhana, Kakdwip and Sagardwip near Sunderbans and along the coastal belt of West Bengal.
The Cyclonic Storm showed its devastating form by claiming the life of a 28-year-old chef, who used to work with the Calcutta Cricket & Football Club in Ballygunge. The incident took place after a deodar tree branch crashed on him at the premises. This apart, one person was killed at Namkhana, while two persons were missing in other parts. Two jetties have also collapsed at Namkhana, which bore the brunt of vagaries of nature.
The storm brought torrents accompanied by strong winds here in the past 24 hours. It has resulted in largescale damage in the form of uprooted trees, snapping of electric and telephone poles and crop. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spent the entire night at the State Secretariat Nabanna, where Special Control Rooms have been set up to monitor the situation. Yesterday in a Tweet, she said, " We are taking all measures to tackle any contingency. Special Control Rooms have been set up and NDRF-SDRF teams are deployed. "
Governor Jagdip Dhankar said, " @MamataOfficial. While in all coastal districts of #WestBengal and Indian Navy, West Bengal Police and Coast Guard have monitored the situation and State has taken measures, there has been suffering. Time even for NGOs to step in for humanitarian assistance.#BulBulCyclone. " The Severe Cyclonic Storm crossed the coast abeam Sagar Islands between 20:30 to 23:30 hrs IST on November 9. And at present, it is continuing to move in the northeast direction towards Bangladesh, according to skymetweather. According to the latest data available, in the last two days, the city has received a whopping 104 mm of rain along with winds gusting up to 50-70 kmph, according to sources.
The coastal areas of West Bengal such as Digha, Howrah, Hooghly, 24 Parganas, Medinipur were witnessing winds over 100 kmph during the time, the storm was tracking West Bengal. Not only West Bengal but the state of Odisha too had to bear the brunt of this storm. Due to impact of #CycloneBulbul with strong crosswinds & likely wind shear in approaches, flight operations at #KolkataAirport was discontinued from 6pm yesterday up to 6am today. Flight operation resumed this morning.
Lakhs of people from coastal areas were evacuated to safety. Fishing in all the water bodies have been prohibited and police continued miking to alert the people in all coastal districts. Low-cost airlines IndiGo yesterday suspended 23 flights from Dum Dum airport hours after Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) suspended shipping at the Kidderpore dock system as well as Haldia dock system till further order.
IndiGo suspended its flights to Ranchi, Patna, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Chennai, Jaipur and other cities for the day due to stormy weather.
The KoPT, as well as the state government, have set up control rooms and monitoring the storm situation. Pilot launches have been in operation at Haldia for shelter after night boating of Haldia inwards and outwards. Shipping remained suspended till the weather improves, a KoPT official said today. UNI