How much danger is there in Bengal from cyclone 'Remal'? PM Modi held a meeting, know which areas will be affected

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: Cyclone 'Remal' has taken a more severe form. It is expected to hit the coasts of Bangladesh and West Bengal by midnight today. Issuing an alert in this regard, the Meteorological Department said that as soon as 'Remal' reaches the coast, winds will blow at a speed of 110 to 120 kilometers per hour. Their speed will be up to 135 kilometers per hour. Due to the cyclone, there is a possibility of extremely heavy rain in the coastal districts of West Bengal and heavy rain in the surrounding areas including Kolkata. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held a high-level meeting regarding cyclone 'Remal'.

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PM Modi's big meeting on 'Remal'

In this meeting, PM Modi reviewed with the officials the preparations and efforts being made to deal with the cyclone 'Remal'. According to the Meteorological Department, 'Remal' is moving northwards. It will hit the coasts between Sagar Island (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh), southwest of Mongla port by Sunday midnight. Somnath Dutta, head of the eastern region of the Meteorological Department in Kolkata, said that winds will blow at a speed of 45 to 55 kilometers per hour in many districts of South Bengal today. Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly and Purba Medinipur will be affected by this cyclone.

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The storm is likely to have a deep impact in Bengal

Somnath Dutta said that 'Remal' will cause damage in some parts of Bengal, but it is likely to be less destructive than the 2020 cyclone 'Amphan'. In view of the cyclone, the Eastern and South Eastern Railways have canceled several train services in the coastal districts of South and North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur district as a precaution. On the other hand, Kolkata airport officials have decided to suspend flight operations for 21 hours from Sunday afternoon due to the possible impact of cyclone 'Remal'.

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A spokesperson of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said a total of 394 flights, including both international and domestic, will not operate from the airport during the flight suspension period. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) officials said they have taken all precautionary measures to ensure there is no loss of life or property at sea.

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Apart from Bengal, the effect will be seen on these states

'Remal' is the first cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal before the monsoon. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued an alert of very heavy rains in the coastal districts of West Bengal and North Odisha on May 26 and 27. Extremely heavy rains are also expected in Assam and Meghalaya. Very heavy rains are expected in Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura on May 27-28.

'Red alert' in some areas of Bengal

When the cyclone reaches the coastal areas of West Bengal, storm waves of up to 1.5 meters are expected. Due to this, waterlogging is also expected in low-lying areas. The weather office has advised fishermen not to go to sea in the North Bay of Bengal till Monday morning. Heavy to very heavy rains are expected in North and South 24 Parganas, East Medinipur, Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly districts. A 'red alert' has been issued for these areas due to the possibility of extremely heavy rains in North and South 24 Parganas and East Medinipur districts. Nadia and Murshidabad districts may also receive heavy to very heavy rains on 27-28 May.

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Police administration made special preparations

A control room has been set up at the Kolkata Police headquarters in view of cyclone 'Remal'. 10 teams of Kolkata Police have been deployed in 10 police divisions of the city. NDRF teams are also moving to districts that are likely to be affected by the cyclone. The Sundarbans mangrove forest is also likely to be affected by the cyclone. The Sundarbans is one of the largest forests in the world and is known for its diverse fauna, including 260 species of birds, the Bengal tiger and other endangered species such as the estuarine (saltwater) crocodile and the Indian python.

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