The cyclone 'Bulbul' intensifies; rain pounds parts of West Bengal, Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: Cyclone 'Bulbul' over the Bay of Bengal has gained strength and intensified in a very severe cyclonic storm, causing rain in various parts of the Odisha coast and its adjacent areas, an IMD official said.

Centered over the west center and adjacent to the east center of the Bay of Bengal, about 310 km south-southeast of Paradip, the cyclone is likely to move to the shores of West Bengal and Bangladesh, bordering Odisha, said the director of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Center HR Biswas, director of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Center.

The state government, as part of its precautionary measures, has asked the administrative mechanisms to remain fully prepared to deal with any contingency.

Cyclone 'Bulbul', which is currently moving at a speed of 13 km/h, can be further intensified on Saturday, Biswas said.

It is unlikely to land in Odisha, but the state should prepare for heavy rains in the coastal and northern districts in the next two days, he said.

It is very likely that the cyclone intensifies in severe cyclonic storm, bends back to the northeast and crosses the coast of West Bengal-Bangladesh through the Sunderban Delta on Sunday.

The storm is expected to have a maximum sustained wind speed of 110 to 120 km/h, with gusts of up to 135 km/h, while crossing the coast, the senior IMD official said.

According to IMD predictions, it is likely that the coast of Odisha experiences a wind speed of 70-80 km/h with gusts of up to 90 km/h, accompanied by very heavy downpour.

Several parts of Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Kendrapara witnessed heavy rains on Friday morning, and Odisha's special relief commissioner, PK Jena, asked the district collectors, mainly on the coast and the northern region, to keep the adequate arrangements to face possible floods and floods. as situation

Port authorities in Paradip have also taken steps to fight the storm, Jena said.

Officials have been told to guarantee the total suspension of fishing operations as of Friday. Farmers have also been advised to take measures to protect crops and harvested rice.

All schools and centers of Anganwadi remained closed during the day in the districts of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Jajpur due to bad weather.

Jena said schools will continue closed on Saturday in nine vulnerable districts, including Puri, Khurda, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

Two teams from the Odisha Rapid Disaster Action Force (ODRAF) and one from the National Disaster Response Force are on hold in each of these districts, while the appropriate fire service personnel have also been deployed in these areas for necessary operations, added the commissioner of special assistance.

The IMD issued a 'yellow warning' (note) in the districts of Puri, Kendrapara Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak for the next 24 hours. Similarly, for Saturday, he issued an orange warning '(get ready) in the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur.