Cyclone Bulbul makes landfall amid India and Bangladesh evacuations


Bengal : More than two million people in India and Bangladesh have been evacuated as Cyclone Bulbul hits the Bay of Bengal.

The storm made landfall at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) on Saturday, near Sagar Island in Indian West Bengal, and is expected to unleash surges as high as 7ft (2m).

Two people have already been killed by the cyclone, local media report.

Services at many seaports and airports in the region were also suspended – including at the busy Kolkata airport.

Bangladesh’s two biggest ports, Mongla and Chittagong, were closed and flights into Chittagong airport were stopped.

Shah Kamal, Bangladesh’s disaster management secretary, told AFP agency that the evacuated residents had been moved to more than 5,500 cyclone shelters.