Although the cyclone did not 'hit' Calcutta in the full sense of the term, the peripheral or outer spiralling winds of Aila began lashing the city since morning. More information and detailed images can be accessed here:Floods from Cyclone Aila in India and Bangladesh, Weathering the Cyclone Aila at Kolkatta : A personal account by Sangeeta Deogawanka. These outer winds had speeds greater than 120kmph". It came at 9 p.m. Cyclone Aila hit offshore 15 districts of southwestern part of Bangladesh with wind speed of 120 km per hour. Nov 15, 2007 ‘Sidr’ Cyclone Sidr hit the country’s coastal belt with a wind speed of 223 km per hour that claimed the lives of 3,363 people. Under its impact, the maximum wind speed in Calcutta was to be 100kmph. Measuring the wind speed, weathermen fear that it could be as devastating as Sidr and Aila, if it does not weaken before hitting the coast. It was nothing new. Some islands in the Bay of Bengal and the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans region were inundated and still cut off from relief and rescue workers as of May 29, 2009. So much, for the accuracy of the "Breaking News" constantly flashing across the TV screens. It is only the tree stumps and blank frames of signboards that speak of the Aila having stormed in and left. Amphan is likely to make landfall in Bangladesh tomorrow with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165kmph, with gusts of up to 185kmh. Similarly, this time, the government has already kept the most vulnerable people in the shelters. In Amphan the eyewall passed right over the City. It is categorized as an “Extremely Severe Cyclone.” According to the latest bulletin released at around 3pm on Tuesday by the Bangladesh meteorological department (BMD), the maximum sustained wind speed within 85km of the cyclone centre is about 200kph, rising to 220kph … The Calcutta Municipal Corporation said the Mominpore area had received almost 256mm of rain in the 24 hours till 11pm. Gale winds at a speed of 80-90 km per hour were accompanied with heavy rains. Apparel exporters dealt a fresh blow: rising raw material prices, bKash offers 1% additional cash incentive on remittance, Pandemic contracts shareholders’ dividend payment stream, 3 Bangladeshi companies make it to Forbes Asia 2020 list, Biden officially secures enough electors to become president, '8th 5-yr plan key to recovery from Covid-19 fallout', RBI leaves interest rates unchanged as it struggles to tame inflation, LGRD Ministry working on national volunteer framework, Please read our Comment Policy before posting. The highest classification in the scale, Category 5, consists of storms with sustained winds of at least 157 mph.See the table to the right for all five categories with wind speeds in various units. under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 IN license. when a land falling tropical cyclone ‘AILA’ passes near the observational site, Ranchi. However, both the cyclones mostly hit West Bengal and Orissa. Cyclone Amphan will carry winds with speed greater than Vande Bharat Express, say experts The IMD has warned that extremely severe cyclone Amphan is … A severe storm with a windspeed of 110 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall, preceded the cyclone ripping through Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Burdwan and East Midnapore districts at 110 kmph. The authorities were able to evacuate more than 2 million people to shelters before cyclones Fani and Bulbul made landfall. Cyclone Aila (May 25, 2009): Cyclone Aila hit offshore 15 districts of southwestern part of Bangladesh with wind speed of 120 km per hour. This was a major setback, for the labour classes in Kolkata who commute from these villages. Aila almost completely fills this scene, stretching from the Bay of Bengal deep into India, Bangladesh, and Burma (Myanmar). What was evident, was the excellent PR exercises maintained throughout by the State authorities and officials, who spoke on TV channels about the disaster management measures undertaken, but not about why they failed to take evacuationary and warning measures before the cyclone. [The Times of India, Kolkata, 26th May, Pg 2] What I found amazing was that even till about 7 p.m., all prime local TV channels kept relaying about possibilities of cyclone Aila hitting Kolkata, whereas actually by then it had already diverted, as we came to know later! Warned by both the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RMSC) and Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Aila formed over a disturbance over the Bay of Bengal on May 23, 2009 and started to intensify and organize reaching sustained wind speeds of 110 kmh (70 mph). About 150 lives were and 200,000 houses were damaged or destroyed in the aftermath. I came across the release on the net. The cy-clone AILA furiously hit the Satkhira and Khulna and the worst affected upazilas of … The second spell continued till 5.30 p.m. after which the storm headed northwards." The maximum wind speed was up to 210 km/h. This compounded the situation at Howrah station, as a large chunk of the working section commutes from areas lying to the West of the river. On May 25, Aila's wind speeds ranged from 74 kilometers per hour (46 miles per hour or 40 knots) to 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour or 65 knots). Indeed, it is amazing, how animal behaviour patterns during the 24 hours leading up to a cyclone are in sync with cyclone advances. On May 25, Aila's wind speeds ranged from 74 kilometers per hour (46 miles per hour or 40 knots) to 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour or 65 knots). Major arterial roads linking the North to Southern Kolkata, like the VIP Road and Eastern By-Pass remained blocked by fallen trees for a greater part of the day. On May 25, Aila’s wind speeds ranged from 74 kilometers per hour (46 miles per hour or 40 knots) to 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour or 65 knots). Cyclone Aila (2009) Aila, a category 1 cyclone, with a wind speed of 120 km/h hit south western coastal districts of Bangladesh on 25 May 2009, killing 190 people, affecting more than 3.9 million people (Khatun et al., 2017) across the 11 coastal districts, disrupting their livelihoods, and destroying infrastructure. It is categorized as an “Extremely Severe Cyclone.”. For more on Cyclone Aila: Cyclone Aila - IWP Blog. Offices began releasing employees after 3 p.m. and shops began downing shutters. It will decrease further to become a … wind speed equals or exceeds 33.5 metres/second (121 kilometres/hour or 75 mph), the. That is why last year Cyclone Fani hit with 180kmh wind speed, nearly as severe as Cyclone Sidr in 2007, but casualties being 17. Arghyam initiative. These signals are announced based on the mode of the cyclone measuring intensity and velocity of the wind. The wind speed had by then gain reached 120 kmph. Life in Kolkata includes such rapidly building up cyclones, flash floods and water-logging, sans warnings or civic measures.