Recovery operations are ongoing in Odisha and West Bengal states following the passage of Cyclone Bulbul on Sunday, November 10. As of Sunday morning (local time), flight operations have resumed at Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). Bulbul has moved into Bangladesh and is expected to weaken to a depression by the end of Sunday.
At least three fatalities have been confirmed from the storm. In Odisha, two people were killed in Kendrapara district while another person died in Basirhat in West Bengal. Significant power disruptions were reported earlier in the day, but crews have been deployed and are expected to restore electricity to most areas by Sunday night. Over 7800 homes in West Bengal were damaged, while four districts in Odisha were severely affected. Hundreds of trees were uprooted, and some roads have been blocked by the debris. Damage assessments are still ongoing as of Sunday afternoon.
Consequent flooding, landslides, and power outages are possible in affected areas over the coming days, as well as associated disruptions to business and transportation, including additional flight delays and cancelations.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations and road conditions before heading out, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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