The flight operations at Kolkata Airport will remain suspended from 8 pm today to 6 am tomorrow due to Cyclone Bulbul, which has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm. It is likely to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh in the early hours of Sunday.
Meanwhile, authorities in Bangladesh have ordered the evacuation of about 18 lakh people from the low-lying coastal villages and islands as the country braced for a "very severe" Bulbul cyclone.
Officials from the disaster management ministry said thousands of people have already been moved to safe shelters as the evacuation process was underway particularly in 10 southwestern coastal districts, which are likely to face the maximum brunt of the Cyclone.
Yesterday, The NDRF has stationed a total of 34 teams in West Bengal and Odisha in view of the approaching severe cyclone Bulbul.