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Cyclone Remal to Bring Heavy Rains, Minimal Impact Expected in Nepal

May 26, 2024
Cyclone Remal Nepal

A powerful cyclone named Remal has formed in the Bay of Bengal, marking the first pre-monsoon cyclone for the region. While heavy rains and strong winds are expected to batter parts of India and Bangladesh, Nepal will experience minimal impact.

Cyclone Path Bypasses Nepal

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According to meteorologists, Remal will track North-East-North, passing east of Nepal. Chiranjibi Bhetwal, a meteorologist from Nepal’s Water and Meteorology Department, confirms this, stating, “The cyclone’s direction will take it beyond Nepal’s eastern borders.”

Limited Effects in Nepal’s Terai Region

Nepal’s southern Terai region, spanning Koshi and Madhesh provinces, might experience some cloud cover and normal rainfall starting today. However, Bhetwal emphasizes, “There won’t be heavy rain.” Light to moderate rain is possible across Nepal on Monday and Tuesday before the cyclone’s influence weakens further.

India and Bangladesh Brace for Remal’s Impact

Meanwhile, India and Bangladesh are preparing for Cyclone Remal’s full force. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts heavy rainfall in West Bengal and Odisha’s coastal districts on May 26th and 27th. Fishing has been banned during this period, and residents have been advised to stay indoors and seek shelter in safe locations.

The IMD warns of potential damage to weak infrastructure, power grids, communication networks, unpaved roads, and crops. High winds reaching 80-90 kilometers per hour are expected in Kolkata, Howrah, Nadia, East Midnapore districts, and parts of North Odisha, including Balasore, Bhadrak, and Kendrapara.

Flight Disruptions at Kolkata Airport

Calcutta Airport in India has suspended flight operations for 21 hours starting Sunday afternoon, impacting an estimated 400 flights.

Cyclone Remal poses a significant threat to coastal regions of India and Bangladesh. While Nepal will see minimal impact, residents in the southern Terai region can expect some cloud cover and light to moderate rainfall over the next few days.

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