Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cyclone Bulbul: Andhra coast fishermen warned not to venture into sea

Cyclone Bulbul: Andhra coast fishermen warned not to venture into sea

11 other teams have been put on alert at the NDRF headquarters.

IMD said the system is likely to move initially north-northwestwards and then almost northwards till November 9.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country's apex body to handle any emergency, on Saturday reviewed the preparedness to deal with Cyclone Bulbul over the Bay of Bengal which is likely to affect coastal districts of Bengal and Odisha.

Now, however, the region is all set to receive some good rains. Weathermen said the severe cyclonic storm lay centred 600 km south off Kolkata on Friday morning.

According to IMD predictions, coastal Odisha is likely to experience wind speed of 70 to 80 kilometres per hour gusting up to 90 kilometres per hour, accompanied by heavy to very heavy downpour.

Furthermore, West Bengal is also likely to be battered with moderate rainfall tomorrow.

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The Met Department said the storm is very likely to weaken gradually and cross West Bengal and Bangladesh by midnight today.

"Thereafter, it is very likely to re-curve northeastwards and make landfall between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh across Sunderban delta during the early hours of November 10", Das said. Sea condition is phenomenal over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral Bay of Bengal around the system centre. It will be phenomenal to very high (46-30 ft) over these areas into Saturday as well. The fishermen out at sea are advised to return to the coast. Acting on the advice by weatherman, both states suspended fishing activities from Friday onwards over the West Bengal-Odisha coasts.

Bulbul was expected to hit the coast at the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, which straddles Bangladesh and part of eastern India and is home to endangered species including the Bengal tiger.

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 seven feet (two metres) in coastal districts. Over 2,000 people in different parts of Jagatsinghpur and Balasore districts were evacuated to safer places as a precautionary measure by the state Government. The district administrations and police have been asked to keep a tab on the situation and be prepared for any contingency.

The storm might cause damage to kutcha houses, power and communication lines and roads in parts of West Bengal, he said, advising people in vulnerable areas to stay indoors. Farmers have been advised to take steps to protect crops.

On the island of Mousouni, which lies in the path of the storm, scared residents took shelter in schools and government buildings because they had not been able to escape. The leaves and weekend off of all civic and Nabanno staff have been cancelled.

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