Cyclone Remal Leaves Four Dead, Millions Without Power in India and Bangladesh

Cyclone Remal struck the coastal regions of Bangladesh and the adjoining Sagar Islands in India’s West Bengal state, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. With at least nine fatalities reported, the cyclone has intensified concerns about the region’s vulnerability to extreme weather events.

Cyclone Remal made landfall on Sunday, bringing with it heavy rain, strong winds, and tidal surges. The cyclone’s wind speed reached up to 135 km/h (84 mph) according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The landfall process extended for approximately five hours.

Seven people lost their lives in various districts of Bangladesh, including Barishal, Satkhira, Patuakhali, Bhola, and Chattogram. In India’s West Bengal state, two fatalities were reported.

Authorities in Bangladesh evacuated around 800,000 people from nine coastal districts and port areas. Meanwhile, in India, Kolkata airport suspended operations, schools closed, and approximately 150,000 people from the Sundarbans mangrove forest were evacuated inland.

Cyclone Remal is the first cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal this year, preceding the June-September monsoon season. Authorities continue to assess the damage and provide relief efforts to affected communities.

Stay tuned for further updates as the situation develops.

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