Cyclone Bulbul set to intensify into very severe cyclonic storm

Cyclone Bulbul Intensifies Very Severe Cyclonic Storm, to Make Landfall on Sunday

Cyclone Bulbul: Bangladesh evacuates 300,000 ...

Besides the maritime ports of Mongla and Payra, Great Danger Signal No. 10 have beening hoisted in the coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars.

The Met department said that the cyclone, situated 750 km south of Kolkata in the afternoon, is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Thursday night and into a very severe cyclonic storm by Friday.

The Kendrapara district administration has evacuated 1,070 people to safe shelters, and over 1,500 were shifted in Balasore and Jagatsinhgpur districts.

Taking note of the severity of the storm and possibility of damage to property and lives, the Centre has asked the West Bengal and Odisha government to take all steps to deal with "Bulbul" and ensure there is minimum casualty and damage.

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On the other hand, Under the influence of cyclone "Maha", heavy to very heavy rain/snow at isolated places is very likely over Jammu & Kashmir and heavy over Himachal Pradesh; isolated heavy rainfall at isolated heavy over Punjab, Gujarat region & Saurashtra coasts during next 24 hours, says reports.

In West Bengal, the authorities have already started advising people and fishermen in coastal areas not to go near beaches and venture into the sea.

The Indian Meteorological Department said wall cloud region was entering into land at 10:30pm local time. The region has the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans.

Indian authorities said military ships and planes have been put on standby to assist with emergencies. The cyclone will then lose some of its strength and become a "severe" cyclonic storm.

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Operations in Kolkata airport have been suspended till 6 am Sunday while the West Bengal government said that over 1.2 lakh have been evacuated from coastal areas as the state braces for the severe cyclonic storm Bulbul to make landfall today evening. All vessels and fishing boats were told to stop operating. People in low-lying areas were being evacuated to shelter homes.

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.

While the frequency and intensity have increased, partly due to climate change, the death tolls have come down because of faster evacuations and the building of 4,000 cyclone shelters along the coast.

The cyclone season in the Bay of Bengal can last from April to December.

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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.

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