Kolkata airport suspends flights due to Cyclone Remal...

Kolkata's Netaji subhash chandra Bose international airport has announced that flight operations will be suspended for 21 hours starting at midday on sunday due to the impending cyclonic storm "Remal." director of the NSCBI airport C Pattabhi said in a statement, "Due to the predicted heavy winds and heavy to very heavy rainfall in kolkata, a meeting was held with the stakeholders regarding cyclone Remal's impact on the coastal region of West bengal, including kolkata, and it has been decided to suspend flight operations from 1200 IST on May 26 to 0900 IST on May 27."

Additionally, the kolkata Port declared that from sunday evening, all cargo and container handling activities would be suspended for 12 hours. According to news agency PTI, which cited port authorities, port activities would be shut from 6 p.m. on sunday until 6 a.m. on Monday. First noticed in the Bay of bengal on May 22, a low-pressure area has grown into a more intense system that is currently situated in the center of the bay. 

Updates on Cyclone Remal:

The storm is expected to make landfall on May 26 at midnight between Sagar Island at the southern tip of West bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh, according to the IMD.

The deep depression over the east-central Bay of bengal was centered at 420 km south of Khepupara (Bangladesh) and 420 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal), according to the weather agency's most recent forecast.

Cyclone Remal is predicted to reach a maximum storm surge of 1.5 meters when it makes landfall on May 26 night, submerging low-lying coastal Bangladeshi and West bengal areas.

The IMD has issued a red alert for districts, including as South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, kolkata, Howrah, and east Midnapore. Thousands of residents from these coastal villages in West bengal are expected to be evacuated and taken to cyclone shelters.

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