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Operations at Kolkata airport suspended for 12 hours due to Cyclone ‘Bulbul’

PTI New Delhi | Updated on November 09, 2019 Published on November 09, 2019

The severe cyclone is expected to make a landfall on the West Bengal coast on Saturday evening

Home Minsitry officials said that operations at the Kolkata airport, the busiest in eastern India, will be suspended for 12 hours beginning 6 PM on Saturday due to severe cyclone ‘Bulbul’.

The severe cyclone is expected to make a landfall on the West Bengal coast this evening.

On Saturday at 1430 hours, it lay about 90 km south-southeast of Digha, 85 km south of Sagar Islands and 185 km Southeast of Kolkata.

Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by winds reaching up to 120 kmph and tidal waves up to one to two metre, is expected while the cyclone is expected to make a landfall on the West Bengal coast at around 2000 to 2200 hours on Saturday.

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 which is likely to affect coastal districts of West Bengal and Odisha.

The meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was informed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that the cyclone has now intensified and is likely to cross the West Bengal coast by Saturday evening.

Published on November 09, 2019
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