POST TIME: 10 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 November, 2019 02:45:43 AM
Two deaths reported in West Bengla, Odisha
PTI, Kolkata

Two deaths reported in West Bengla, Odisha

Severe cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' made landfall yesterday midnight between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh, hurtling northeastwards into the neighbouring country over the Sunderban delta, with two deaths reported in its wake. One death each has been reported from West Bengal and Odisha due to heavy rain triggered by the storm.

Rain lashed coastal West Bengal throughout Saturday, uprooting trees and leading to the death of a man in Kolkata. The man was killed at a club in upmarket Ballygunge Place area when a tree was uprooted and fell on him during the squally weather. Continuous downpour since the early hours of Saturday led to waterlogging of some streets and lowlying areas of Kolkata. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during the day that she was monitoring the situation and the administration had taken all measures to tackle any contingency. She appealed to citizens to maintain calm and not to panic.

In Odisha, one person died due to a reported rain-related wall collapse at Kendrapara district and the matter was being enquired, special relief commissioner, Odisha, P K Jena said. Odisha chief secretary Asit Tripathy said the state government was keeping a close watch on the situation and necessary action was being taken to deal with it.

In Delhi, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country's apex body to handle any emergency, on Saturday reviewed the preparedness to deal with the very severe cyclone 'Bulbul' over the Bay of Bengal. The NCMC meeting was headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. "Due to very severe cyclone 'Bulbul', operations at Kolkata airport has been suspended from 6.00 pm on November 9 to 6.00 am of November 10," a home ministry official said in the national capital.