The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced Cyclone Bulbul, which was expected to enter the Southern region of the Country, changed its direction and intensified in West Bengal and Odisha.
Cyclone Bulbul, which was centred in the Bay of Bengal, is now centred 310 km southeast of Paradip, 450 km southwest of West Bengal and 550 km southwest of Bangladesh. The Cyclone is affecting West Bengal and its nearby areas, reducing the danger in the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh.
According to sources, Cyclone Bulbul is expected to hit the coastal areas between West Bengal and Bangladesh at midnight on the 9th of November.
Though Cyclone Bulbul changed its direction towards Odisha and West Bengal, the IMD also issued a second alert in Krishnapatnam, Nizampatnam, Machilipatnam and Visakhapatnam ports in Andhra Pradesh.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) took precautionary measures and deployed the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) across regions which are on high alert.
Cyclone Bulbul brought heavy rain to several parts of Odisha, uprooting trees and disrupting road connectivity.
Skynet, a weather report agency, also took to Twitter and reported Cyclone Bulbul intensified in the past few hours and is expected to hit West Bengal, Bangladesh and Odisha.
The Bangladesh Government issued orders for the residents to shift to shelter houses and also use mosques and schools as shelters.
All the educational institutions, the Jagannath Temple in Puri and other tourist places were shut in view of Cyclone Bulbul in West Bengal and Odisha.
The Government of Odisha and the Government of West Bengal advised the public to stay indoors and issued a notice about the dos and don’ts.
So far, no casualties were reported in any region of West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh.
Stay tuned for further updates.