27 May 2024

Cyclone Remal Causes Devastation in W Bengal, Kolkata Battered by Severe Storm

The severe cyclonic storm Remal hit the shores between West Bengal and Bangladesh, with winds reaching speeds of up to 135 kmph. Making landfall between Sagar Island and Khepupara near the southwest of Mongla in Bangladesh late on Sunday night, the storm resulted in heavy rainfall, causing flooding in residential areas and agricultural lands, leading to extensive damage.

An official from Bangladesh's disaster ministry reported two fatalities since the cyclone struck last night, while one person has died in West Bengal.

The cyclonic storm has wreaked havoc in West Bengal's capital Kolkata and many surrounding areas.

Hundreds of trees and electric poles have been uprooted due to continuous heavy rains along with the storm.

Movement of local trains has come to a standstill 

Many areas of the metropolis are filled with knee-deep water. Movement of local trains has come to a standstill in Sealdah South branch due to trees falling on the railway tracks.

The storm has also affected metro services. Due to this, office goers are facing a lot of trouble.

Heavy rain in the southern areas of the state

Due to the impact of the storm, there is heavy rain in the southern areas of the state including the metropolis.

The Meteorological Department has said that heavy rain is likely to continue till Monday afternoon.

Red alert has been issued in many districts. On the other hand, Kolkata Municipal Corporation has said that the corporation employees are working on war footing to things back to normal. 

Power supply disruption 

Electricity Minister Arup Biswas said, "There is supply disruption in some areas due to uprooted electric poles. The work to repair them has started."

One person died after a boundary wall collapsed during the storm in Kolkata's Intali area.

Biggest impact on Sundarban and Gangasagar areas of South 24 Parganas 

State government officials said that Remal has had the biggest impact on Sundarban and Gangasagar areas of South 24 Parganas district. Many teams of disaster management department have reached there also.

The Meteorological Department located here in Alipore has said that due to the effect of Remal, there may be heavy rain in many districts including Kolkata till noon.

Railway services affected

Railway sources said that due to trees falling on the tracks in various branches of Eastern and South Eastern Railways, railway services have been significantly affected. By the way, Railways had announced the cancellation of many local and long distance trains on Sunday itself. All trains going to the coastal city of Digha had also already been cancelled.

Keeping in mind the working people, some local trains were to be run in the morning. But at present they are also closed. According to Railways, 10 trains will be canceled in Sealdah South branch on Monday.

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