Cyclone Remal: Kolkata airport to suspend flight operations for 21 hours | India News

NEW DELHI: In anticipation of Cyclone Remal’s impending landfall, Kolkata airport authorities on Saturday announced the suspension of flight operations for 21 hours, starting from midnight on Sunday. The decision comes amidst warnings issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) regarding the intensifying cyclonic storm.
“The deep depression intensified into a Cyclonic Storm “Remal” over the Northwest and adjoining Northeast & East-central Bay of Bengal at 5.30 pm on May 25,” IMD said in a statement.
According to IMD scientist Dr. Somenath Dutta, Cyclone Remal, is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm over your east central and adjoining North Bay today.
“It will continue to move further northward. It will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by May 26,” Dr. Dutta said.
The cyclone is projected to make landfall between Sagar Island and Khepupara, affecting regions of Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal.
The cyclone’s formation was initiated by a low-pressure system over the southwest and west-central Bay of Bengal, which has since intensified into Cyclone Remal. IMD forecasts suggest that the cyclone will continue to gain strength, posing threats of heavy rainfall, strong winds, and storm surges along its path.
According to the weather agency, a light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely over coastal districts of West Bengal and adjoining districts of North Odisha on 26th and 27th May. Similiarly the light to moderate rainfall will be seen at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely over Mizoram, Tripura and South Manipur on 26th and 27th May.
(With inputs from agencies)

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