Cyclone Bulbul makes landfall amid India and Bangladesh evacuations
November 10, 2019 1:12 pm
Almost half a million people in India and Bangladesh are being evacuated as Cyclone Bulbul hits the Bay of Bengal.
The storm made landfall at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) near Sagar Island in Indian West Bengal, and is expected to unleash surges as high as 7ft (2m).
Two people have already been killed by the cyclone, local media report.
Many seaports and airports in the region have also been closed – including the busy Kolkata airport.
Forecasters expect the storm to move north and weaken gradually.
It is set to reach wind speeds of up to 120km/h (75mph), with gusts of 150km/h, and create tidal surges in the sea and rivers when it hits the coastal regions, says the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
Along its predicted path is the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to the endangered Bengal tigers.
More than 60,000 people were moved away from the north-eastern coast of India, while the Bangladeshi government said it had evacuated 400,000.