Cyclone Remal Causes Havoc as it Makes Landfall in Bangladesh and Eastern India

As of early morning on May 27, Cyclone Remal weakened into a cyclonic storm. The IMD reported that the cyclone was located about 70 kilometers northeast of Canning and 30 kilometers southwest of Mongla.

May 27, 2024 — Tropical Cyclone Remal made landfall in Bangladesh on Sunday night, bringing torrential rain and heavy winds as it continues to move inland across eastern India. The cyclone has caused widespread damage, toppling trees, turning roads into rivers, and impacting infrastructure in its path.

Massive Evacuations and Rescue Efforts

More than one million vulnerable people across both Bangladesh and India were evacuated from their homes ahead of Cyclone Remal’s arrival. Authorities mobilized volunteers and army staff to assist with clean-up efforts and distribute food and water to displaced families. The coordinated efforts have been crucial in managing the crisis and ensuring the safety of the affected populations.

Landfall and Meteorological Data

Cyclone Remal Hits: Over a Million Evacuated as Severe Storm Ravages Bangladesh and Eastern India
Landfall and Meteorological Data (IMD)

Cyclone Remal made landfall packing gusts of up to 135 kilometers per hour (84 mph). It moved northwards across Bangladesh and the adjoining West Bengal coasts, bringing extremely heavy rainfall and strong winds. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that the cyclone made landfall between West Bengal’s Sagar Island and Bangladesh’s Khepupara at midnight on Sunday​.

Impact on Coastal Regions

The IMD issued a ‘red alert’ for several districts, including Chirang, Goalpara, Baksa, Dima Hasao, Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj. An ‘orange alert’ was issued for Dhubri, South Salmara, Bongaigaon, Bajali, Tamulpur, Barpeta, Nalbari, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, and West Karbi Anglong. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the south Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea until May 27, and into the central Bay of Bengal until May 26​​.

Severe Cyclonic Storm Weakens

As of early morning on May 27, Cyclone Remal weakened into a cyclonic storm. The IMD reported that the cyclone was located about 70 kilometers northeast of Canning and 30 kilometers southwest of Mongla, gradually losing its intensity​.

Preparedness and Response

The Bengal Governor has set up a task force to assist the public, ensuring that all necessary measures are taken to mitigate the impact of the cyclone. The state Chief Electoral Officer, Ariz Aftab, held meetings with superintendents of police and state disaster management officials to assess the situation and implement precautionary measures at polling stations due to the impending storm​.

Forecast and Alerts

Cyclone Remal Hits: Over a Million Evacuated as Severe Storm Ravages Bangladesh and Eastern India
Meteorological Data (IMD)

The IMD has predicted that along with West Bengal, other northeastern states like Tripura, Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur may witness rainfall and strong winds as the cyclone moves inland. The weather department has stressed the importance of remaining vigilant and prepared for further developments as the storm progresses​ .

Cyclone Remal Impact

Cyclone Remal’s impact is a stark reminder of the power of nature and the importance of preparedness and timely response. The collaborative efforts of government authorities, volunteers, and the armed forces have been instrumental in mitigating the effects of the cyclone and ensuring the safety of millions of people.

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