Cyclone ‘Bulbul’, which entered through the coastal districts of West Bengal before chasing towards Bangladesh, claimed at least 10 lives and affected at least 2.73 lakh families in different parts of the state, official reports said on Sunday.
In Bangaldesh, at least 8 people were killed and 15 others injured. An employee of a renowned club in the city was killed when a branch of a cedar tree fell on him, police said.
In Basirhat, North 24 Parganas, three persons died in separate incidents.
According to a senior police officer, Suchitra Mandal (70) died at Purba Makala village in the district when a tree fell on her.
In Bangladesh, two people were killed and 21 lakh evacuated from low-lying areas as the cyclone made ts predawn landfall on Sunday, officials reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee separately on Sunday and assured her of all help from the central government in rescue and relief operations in areas affected by cyclone Bulbul.
According to GC Das from the Alipore Meteorological Department, the cyclonic storm now lies over coastal areas of Bangladesh, away from Bengal, officials said.