Cyclone Remal | Manipur | Bangladesh | West Bengal

Cyclone Remal has brought heavy, incessant rain to Manipur. Manipur battles heavy rains, After causing widespread damage in Bangladesh and West Bengal.

About Cyclone

Cyclones are among the most devastating natural disasters, causing extensive damage to infrastructure economic and human live. cyclone is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center and strong winds, typically forming over warm ocean waters.

Conditions of Formation of Cyclone

The process starts with the surface temperature of the sea being warm, typically above 26.5°C . This warm water provides the necessary heat and moisture to the air above. As the warm, moist air rises from the sea surface, it cools and condenses to form clouds. This process of condensation releases latent heat, which warms the surrounding air, causing it to rise further. The rising warm air creates a low-pressure area at the center on surface of the sea. Air from surrounding areas with higher pressure moves towards this low-pressure area, causing winds to converge. Due to the rotation of the Earth, the Coriolis effect causes the moving air to start rotating. In the Northern Hemisphere, this rotation is counter clockwise while in Southern Hemisphere it is clockwise. As the air continues to rise and more warm, moist air is drawn in from the sea surface, the system starts to organize and develop a more defined cyclonic circulation. When the wind speed reaches 34 knots (63 kilometres per hour), the system is classified as a tropical cyclone. Further intensification can lead to it becoming a severe cyclonic storm or even a super cyclonic storm. The cyclone moves with prevailing winds, which in the Bay of Bengal usually guide it towards the coasts of India, Bangladesh, or Myanmar. When it makes landfall, it can cause significant damage due to high winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges. After reaching the land area Cyclones usually weaken because they are no longer being “fed” by the energy from the warm ocean waters, and the cyclone dies.

Cyclone Remal triggers devastating storm in Northeast: What we know so far


Roads were washed away, power supply was disrupted, trees and electrical poles were uprooted, and landslides were reported from different parts of the Northeast amid incessant rainfall.

Cyclone RemalA car damaged after a shed fell on it after the landfall of Cyclone Remal in Guwahati on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
A day after Cyclone Remal, the first major tropical cyclone of the year, killed at least 16 people across Bangladesh and India, it triggered heavy rainfall across the Northeast on Tuesday. Roads were washed away, power supply was disrupted, trees and electrical poles were uprooted, and landslides were reported in different parts of the Northeast amid incessant rainfall.

Around 30 people died in storm-related incidents across the Northeast. Casualties were reported from Mizoram, Assam, Nagaland, and Meghalaya.

At least 17 people, including two minors, were killed and at least seven others remain missing as a stone quarry collapsed in Mizoram’s Aizawl district on Tuesday morning amid incessant rain. A total of 24 bodies have been recovered in storm related incidents in Mizoram, while another 12 bodies are yet to be recovered. It is feared that the death toll on Mizoram is 36, across 7 different sites.


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Three persons, including a woman, were killed and 17 others injured in separate incidents in Assam as heavy rain accompanied by strong winds lashed the state in the aftermath of cyclone Remal. A 17-year-old boy, Kaushik Bordoloi Amphi, died in Assam’s Morigaon after a tree fell on the autorickshaw he was traveling in while twelve children were injured in Assam’s Dhekiajuli after a tree fell on a school bus. In light of the destruction, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma requested everyone to stay indoors until theimpact of cyclone Remal on the Northeastern state stabilises. Putul Gogoi (50), a worker at the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited’s Lower Subansiri dam project was killed in a landslide. The Dhemaji district administration has sought a detailed report from NHPC.


Waterlogging was witnessed in several areas after heavy rains lashed parts of Assam’s Guwahati. Road connectivity was disrupted in Assam’s Dima Hasao district and a portion of the Haflong-Silchar road was washed away. Dima Hasao police have advised commuters to stay away from the NH-27 between Haflong and Harangjao as it has been submerged in multiple places.

A man died in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills after a wall collapsed due to heavy rainfall.



In Nagaland, a 73-year-old man died when a retaining wall collapsed on him in Pfutsero in Phek district.

In light of the rains, the governments of Mizoram and Meghalaya have ordered the closure of schools. In Assam, amid a Red Alert for Nagaon, Hojai, West Karbi Anglong, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Dima Hasao, Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced the closure of all educational institutions in these districts till May 29.

In an alert, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said that with Remal weakening into a deep depression, heavy rainfall was likely over parts of West Bengal and northeastern states.

Way to reduce the effect of cyclone

  • Evacuate if necessary: Follow evacuation orders and move to a safe location, such as a shelter or higher ground.
  • Stay indoors: During the cyclone, stay indoors.
  • Stay informed: Keep track of weather updates and follow advice from local authorities.
  • Prepare an emergency kit: Include essentials like water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit.
  • Secure your home: Reinforce doors and windows, and secure loose objects outdoors.
  • Listen to official instructions: Follow instructions from emergency services and authorities.
  • Be cautious after the cyclone passes: Be careful of hazards such as fallen power lines, debris, and flooded areas.

Source: indianexpress/PTI

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