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Severe cyclonic storm ‘Remal’ weakens to cyclonic storm: IMD

Two persons were killed and normal life was affected as cyclonic storm ‘Remal’ battered past coastal areas of West Bengal including Kolkata. At least seven people were killed and millions were left without electricity in Bangladesh before the severe cyclonic storm ‘Remal’ weakened into a cyclonic storm on Monday morning.

The India Meteorological Department said, “The system is likely to weaken further gradually.”

“The system is likely to move north-northeastwards and gradually weaken into a Cyclonic Storm during next 3 hours. Thereafter, it would move northeastward and gradually weaken further.”

The weather system, which lay 150 km northeast of Sagar Island at 5.30 am, brought torrential rain in Calcutta and the coastal districts of West Bengal overnight. Calcutta recorded a rainfall of 146 mm in the period between 8.30 am on Sunday and 5.30 am on Monday.

Flights resume at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on May 27 morning. The airport services have been suspended for almost 20 hours. Train services resumed in the South section of Sealdah Division at 9 AM.

IMD has issued a red alert in two districts – Sepahijala and Gumati – of Tripura given the possible impact of cyclone Remal. An orange alert has also been sounded in the remaining six districts.

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