Bulbul Cyclone

The ‘very severe’ cyclone ‘Bulbul’, which barrelled through the coastal districts of West Bengal before hurtling towards Bangladesh, claimed 10 lives in the State and affected 2.73 lakh families, official reports said.

In Odisha, heavy rain and high-velocity winds claimed two lives.

Bulbul, whose name was contributed by Pakistan, is the 7th series of named cyclones of the season.

The severe cyclonic storm, which brought in its wake heavy rain coupled with gale wind uprooted hundreds of trees and snapped cables in Kolkata and in the coastal districts of North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore, bringing life to a near-halt.