Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that all possible assistance will be provided by the Centre for relief as cyclone ‘Bulbul’ made landfall in the Bay of Bengal. Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ made landfall at West Bengal’s Sagar island around 8 pm on Saturday and is expected to move northeastwards into neighbouring Bangladesh, hovering over the Sunderbans delta. After making landfall, the cyclone was downgraded from a very severe cyclonic storm to a severe cyclonic storm. It is expected to stay in that category for only a few hours after which its wind speed will drop considerably.
PM Modi took to Twitter and mentioned that he reviewed the situation in Eastern India in the wake of cyclone conditions. He also said that he spoke to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and assured every possible assistance to the state by the Centre.
Reviewed the situation in the wake of cyclone conditions and heavy rain in parts of Eastern India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 10, 2019
Spoke to WB CM @MamataOfficial regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Bulbul. Assured all possible assistance from the Centre. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being.
Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, monitoring the situation, said the administration apprehends large-scale destruction to property. "But we will only be able to assess the destruction after daybreak tomorrow," she had said. "The main impact of the storm is now over, we are bracing for the lesser impact. We are advising people not to venture out until the situation is stable."
Cyclone Bulbul is about to pass through Bengal. Our State Administration is closely monitoring the situation 24x7. We are taking all measures to tackle any contingency. Special Control Rooms have been set up and NDRF-SDRF teams are deployed. (1/3)— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 9, 2019
Meanwhile, due to strong winds and rainfall triggered by the very severe cyclonic storm, one death has been reported from Bengal and Odisha each. Continuous downpour since the early hours of Saturday left parts of Kolkata and its adjoining suburbs with waterlogged streets and overflowing drains. Trees were uprooted in various parts of the city killing one person, officials said. In Odisha, one person died in a rain-related wall collapse incident in Kendrapara district and the matter is being enquired, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena.