Coast Guard in touch with Bengal, Odisha on cyclone

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has put the coastal districts on alert as the wind speed and rainfall will gradually increase under the impact of severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, according to Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena on Nov 8, 2019. According to the IMD, gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is very likely to occur from around November 9 noon along and off Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore and Bhadrak districts for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter.

Kolkata, ┬áThe Coast Guard is maintaining close liaison with the Odisha and West Bengal for sharing inputs on movement of Cyclone ‘Bulbul’, which is expected to make landfall around Saturday-Sunday midnight between Khepupara in Bangladesh and Sagar island in West Bengal in the Sundarabans area.

A Coast Guard official said its regional headquarters (North-East) located in Kolkata has also kept disaster relief teams and medical units on standby at all ICG Stations for providing disaster relief if the need arises

“The Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (North East) in Kolkata, which administers the Coast Guard units in West Bengal and Odisha, has initiated actions as per the Standard Operating Procedure prior to the onset of the Cyclone ‘Bulbul’,” the official said.

The Coast Guard is making efforts on the West Bengal and Odisha coast in co-ordination with Fisheries Department to get back to the nearest harbour for sheltering the fishing boats out at sea.

“The ICG Ships and aircraft on patrol have relayed information regarding the Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ and advised all sea-going vessels, especially the fishing boats, dinghies, to return to harbour for safety,” the official said.

“The Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (NE) is in close liaison with the state governments of Odisha and West Bengal for sharing the inputs on movement of Cyclone ‘Bulbul’. Disaster relief teams and medical teams are on standby at all ICG Stations for providing disaster relief if need arises,” the official said.