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PM Narendra Modi speaks to Mamata Banerjee over Cyclone Bulbul, assures assistance

The Prime Minister also reviewed the situation elsewhere in eastern India, where the cyclone conditions and heavy rains have caused massive damage of crop and property.

PM Narendra Modi speaks to Mamata Banerjee over Cyclone Bulbul, assures assistance
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NEW DELHI: A day after Cyclone Bulbul wreaked havoc in the coastal areas of West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke tothe state's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to took stock of the situation.

During his telephonic conversation, PM Modi assured the TMC leader of all possible assistance from the central government. 

"Spoke to WB CM @MamataOfficial regarding the situation arising due to Cyclone Bulbul. I pray for everyone`s safety and well-being," he tweeted.

The Prime Minister also reviewed the situation elsewhere in eastern India, where the cyclone conditions and heavy rains have caused massive damage of crop and property.

Meanwhile, two deaths were reported in West Bengal and 1 in Odisha due to Cyclone Bulbul.

 West Bengal Chief Minister announced that her administration rescued 1,64,315 persons from the low lying areas in the coastal districts and at least 75 passengers of a cruise ship in the Bay of Bengal while severe Cyclone Bulbul raged on Saturday.

She said there was no report of any human casualty in the coastal districts. Banerjee said a major part of the cyclone had crossed the state and appealed to the people not to venture outdoors till the situation stabilises completely.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Bulbul lashed Bangladesh on Sunday, killing two people, injuring scores and damaging homes but prompt evacuations saved many lives and the worst was over.

No major damage was reported in camps in southeast Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar are living.

A 60-year old fisherman, who authorities said had refused to flee to a shelter, was killed on Saturday night when a tree collapsed on his thatched home.

A woman, 52, who had spent the night in a shelter, returned home on Sunday but was killed when a tree crashed won on her house, said a Reuters report.

Some 2 million people from all of Bangladesh`s 13 coastal districts huddled in about 5,558 shelters on Saturday night. 

Outside, wind speeds rose to between 100 and 120 km per hour (62 to 75 mph) and some low-lying coastal areas were flooded. Wind speeds have now come down to between 70 and 80 kph (43 to 50 mph), authorities said.

About 1,200 predominantly domestic tourists were stuck at the Saint Martin island in the Cox`s Bazar district, Enamur Rahman, a junior minister for disaster management and relief, said.

(With Agency inputs)