Kolkata/Bhubaneshwar: As per the reports of IMD (Indian Meteorological Department), cyclone ‘Bulbul’ is intensifying into a very severe cyclonic storm and triggering heavy rain in parts of Odisha and West Bengal. Alert has been sounded in both the states.
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The MET department in the two states said the cyclone ‘Bulbul’ is likely to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh in the early hours of Sunday, bringing in its wake heavy rain and gusts of up to 135 kmph in the coastal areas.
The weatherman said the severe cyclonic storm, which lay centered 600 km south of Kolkata on Friday morning, was expected to intensify further by Saturday and move northwards. According to IMD predictions, coastal Odisha is likely to experience wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph.
The authorities of two state governments are taking all measures to tackle any contingency, even as the Centre assured them of all assistance.