Tropical Cyclone “Matmo”, also called Bulbul, made landfall over Indo-Bangladesh coast on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The Severe Cyclonic Storm has left at least 20 fatalities, 30 others injured, about 60 000 homes damaged, over 500 000 ha (1.2 million acres) crops affected, and hundreds of trees uprooted.
“In West Bengal, [the] death toll in cyclonic storm Bulbul-related incidents has gone up to 10,” a local government official said. “Five persons were killed in North 24 Paraganas district, while two in South 24 Paraganas and one each was killed in East Midnapur, East Bardhaman, and Kolkata districts.”
Over 465 000 people have been affected while 60 000 houses were damaged in nine districts of West Bengal, according to local minister in charge of disaster management Javed Khan.
“The administration is sending teams to assess the situation in the districts that were hit by the cyclone,” Khan said.
Officials confirmed that around 40% of standing crops and more than 500 000 ha (1.2 million acres) of cultivable land spread over five districts have been affected due to rain and strong winds.
“Due to the severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, I have decided to postpone my North Bengal visit in the coming week. Instead, tomorrow I would take an aerial survey of the affected areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee said on a statement.