Schools, colleges and anganwadi centres closed; over 1.2 lakh people already rescued from vulnerable coastal areas, announces West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Guwahati: With Cyclone Bulbul intensifying, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has requested everyone to "remain calm and cooperate with the administration in its rescue and relief efforts".
The cyclone which is now a very severe cyclonic storm is likely to make a downfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh in the early hours of Sunday.
Heavy rains and gusting winds have already been creating havoc before the big showdown.
The West Bengal chief minister on Twitter announced that schools, colleges and anganwadi centres have been closed and more than 1,20,000 people have already been rescued from vulnerable coastal areas.
She also said, "State administration is closely monitoring the situation 24x7. We are taking all measures to tackle any contingency. Special Control Rooms have been set up and NDRF-SDRF teams are deployed."
Also, officials of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) have announced that operations of Kolkata airport will be suspended from 6 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Sunday.