CYCLONE AILA

  • Battered but still voting, Sundarbans shows way April 28, 2011

    Gosaba: They say their lives are as hollow as the promises of politicians. But, walking on treacherous terrain or ferried by boat, as many as 85 per cent of voters in the Sunderbans region of West Bengal cast the ballot hoping it would improve their world. Battered by cyclone Aila two...
  • Delayed monsoon could spell disaster for Indian economy June 16, 2009

    New Delhi: When cyclone Aila hit West Bengal, few knew it would delay the onset of monsoons in central India. Monsoons in central parts of India have been delayed by at least a week. DirectorGeneral of the Indian Metereological Department, Dr Ajit Tyagi says, "This is one of the factors...
  • Monsoon delayed but no reason to worry, says Met June 16, 2009

    New Delhi: The wait for the monsoons is not yet over. Met officials say there might be partly cloudy skies and sporadic showers at the most but the monsoons won't arrive for the next three or four days. According to the weathermen, the monsoon currents haven't picked up yet. If...
  • Stormed: Cyclone survivors heckle, jeer Buddhadeb June 2, 2009

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was heckled and jeered by disgruntled survivors of Cyclone Aila on Tuesday when he visited a relief camp in Sunderbans, while a ruling Communist Party of IndiaMarxist (CPIM) legislator was smeared with mud. Villagers at a relief camp asked the chief minister why the...
  • Buddhadeb visits cyclonehit areas, faces protests May 31, 2009

    Basanti, West Bengal: Visiting the cycloneaffected South 24 Parganas district on Sunday, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had to face protests from angry villagers who alleged that relief remained inadequate even a week after the disaster. The villagers asked the chief minister why he had come to this block so...
  • Hit by cyclone Aila, Darjeeling Toy Train on halt May 31, 2009

    Darjeeling: The famous Darjeeling toy train is lying idle at Ghoom the highest railway station in the world. Service at this world heritage rail route has been hit ever since cyclone Aila lashed West Bengal on May 25. Along the 80 kilometre route from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, the...
  • Sunderbans devastated by Aila, left in the lurch May 30, 2009

    Dhamakhali (Sunderbans): Cyclone Aila's death toll has risen to more than 250. The cyclone has also devastated the ecologically vulnerable zone of the Sunderbans Delta in West Bengal. Days after the calamity, most parts of Sunderbans still remain inaccessible. Dhamakhali village in the Sunderbans Seltais a picture of complete devastation and whatever...
  • Centre to implement Sachar panel report : Pranab May 29, 2009

    Jangipur: The new Government at the Centre will strive to fully implement the Sachar Committee recommendations for the welfare of the minorities, Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday. "The Centre will do its best to fully implement the Sachar Committee recommendations for the minorities," Mukherjee, who has been renominated...
  • Darjeeling landslide death toll reaches 27 May 28, 2009

    Siliguri: The death toll caused by landslides in West Bengal's hill district of Darjeeling due to Cyclone Aila has risen to 27 after three more bodies were recovered on Thursday, police said. "We found the bodies from a debris at Rangiabong under Jorbungalow police station area on Thursday morning. One of...
  • W B flood toll reaches 100, situation grim May 28, 2009

    Kolkatta: The death count in floods triggered by Cyclone Aila reached 100 in West Bengal on Wednesday as the Sunderbans faced a severe drinking water crisis and lack of civic amenities led to protests in Kolkata. Two days after the cyclone pummeled coastal areas of the state, uprooting trees, snapping...
  • Cyclone death toll rises to 168 in India, Bangladesh May 27, 2009

    Kolkata: The death toll from Cyclone Aila in eastern India and Bangladesh rose to at least 168 on Wednesday, officials said, while heavy rains after the storm caused deadly mudslides and slowed rescue efforts. The toll was expected to rise in both countries as rescue workers reached cutoff areas. The cyclone destroyed...
  • WB lacks plan to combat floods: Mamata May 27, 2009

    Namkhana: Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the West Bengal government of having failed to combat Cyclone Aila and said, it could not draw up a master plan for floods and erosion despite being in power for 32 years. "The state government has miserably failed to give succour to...
  • Aila washes out Kolkata, city limps back to normalcy May 27, 2009

    Kolkata: A fallen tree has brought Professor RK Das's life crashing down in Kolkata. Wind and rain caused by Cyclone Aila uprooted the tree and brought it down on Das' house on Monday evening. Now there is no electricity, water and the telephone line doesnt work in the Das household. I...
  • Aila toll 49 in Bengal, IAF airdrops food packets May 26, 2009

    Kolkata: Army began rescue and relief operations in cyclonehit districts of West Bengal on Tuesday and IAF helicopters airdropped food packets in worstaffected South and North 24 Parganas even as the statewide toll shot up to 49. The highest number of 20 deaths due to cyclone Aila occurred in South 24...
  • Cyclone Aila kills nearly 120 in India, Bangladesh May 26, 2009

    Dhaka: Nearly 120 people have been killed by a cyclone that ripped through Bangladesh and eastern India, officials and local media said on Tuesday, while millions remained marooned by floodwaters or living in shelters. The death toll in Bangladesh rose to at least 89 following recovery of more bodies on Tuesday,...
  • Kolkata spared worst of Aila, early monsoons set in WB May 26, 2009

    Kolkata: West Bengal is struggling to get back on its feet after Cyclone Aila ripped through the state. Flight services have resumed, public transport too has returned to the streets of Kolkata and local train services have been partially restored. The cyclone has now moved northwards and has weakened substantially in...
  • Watch: How cyclones are named May 26, 2009

    New Delhi: Contrary to what we might expect, cyclones are not named on the spur of the moment. Detailed lists are drawn up years in advance and the way the names are decided can be quite interesting. ...
  • Mamata, Buddhadeb to visit cyclonehit areas May 26, 2009

    Kolkata: Cyclone Aila hit Kolkata and five adjoining districts in West Bengal leaving 24 people dead and over 1 lakh displaced. Newly appointed Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee would be visiting the cycloneaffected areas on Tuesday. Mamata will be taking charge of her ministry at the...
  • PM announces Rs 2 lakh relief for Aila victims May 25, 2009

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced Rs 2 lakh as relief for each of those killed in the cyclone in West Bengal and other parts of east India. At least 21 persons were killed and more than one lakh people hit as a cyclone spawned by a deep depression...
  • Tidal waves lash Orissa coast, no deaths reported May 25, 2009

    Bhubaneswar: Tidal waves caused by a severe cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal on Monday inundated more than two thousand acres of land and dozens of houses in Orissa's coastal region, officials said. However, there was no report of any deaths or injuries Cyclone Aila over northwest Bay of Bengal,...
  • Three killed as cyclone hits West Bengal May 25, 2009

    Kolkata: Three people were killed on Monday as Cyclone Aila crossed the coast into West Bengal. There was no information from the coastal districts, where extensive damage was feared. As the cyclone that had formed in the Bay of Bengal hit Kolkata around 11:00 hrs IST on Monday, a large number...