Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Heavy Rain Likely In Odisha's Coast As Cyclone Bulbul Intensifies: Weather Office

North Coastal Odisha Bengal Likely To Receive Rainfall Due To Cyclonic Storm'Bulbul: Weather Office Cyclone Bulbul Intensifies Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, to Make Landfall on Sunday
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2019, 05:02

Up to 1.8 million people were expected to be evacuated by Saturday evening, said Enamur Rahman, Bangladesh's junior disaster management minister.

"The emergency control room phone numbers 1070 and (033) 22143526 are open 24x7 for the next three days", an official of the state disaster management department said. Cyclone Bulbul Update: Odisha, West Bengal to Brace for Heavy Rainfall Over Next 48 Hours As Cyclonic Storm Intensifies.

Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have started work to clear the uprooted trees and ensure smooth road traffic in the affected areas, he said.

In view of cyclonic storm Bulbul, the West Bengal Government has shifted more than one lakh 43 thousand people in low lying areas of coastal and adjoining districts.

Odisha special relief commissioner PK Jena said strong winds were recorded in other Odisha coastal districts of Bhadrak, Jagatsingpur and Balasore, uprooting trees and snapping electrical wires, disrupting power supply.

The Meteorological Department has asked local authorities and two ports to raise their highest alert, as the cyclone is expected to unleash a storm surge as high as 2m in coastal districts. Its path included the southwestern Khulna region, which has the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, which straddles the Bangladesh-India border.

With winds about 130-140 kph, Bulbul is now the equivalent of a category one or two hurricane in the Atlantic, it said.

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Bangladeshi troops were sent to some villages, while about 55,000 volunteers went door-to-door and making loudspeaker announcements in the streets to get people away from the danger zone in villages, many of which were below sea level.

In the Cox's Bazar coastal district, tourists were alerted to stay in their hotels while a few hundred visitors were stuck on St Martin's Island.

Authorities suspended all activities in the country's main seaports, including in Chittagong, which handles nearly 80% of Bangladesh's exports and imports.

All the fishing boats, trawlers and maritime vessels have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.

Cyclone shelters have been built over recent years.

Bangladesh's low-lying coast, home to 30 million people, is regularly battered by powerful cyclones that leave a trail of devastation in their wake.