The mangrove forest stood in the way of the storm to save thousands of people on the coasts
It's been over ten years since cyclone Aila ravaged the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.
In November 2007, Cyclone Sidr with a wind speed of 250km an hour, also wrought significant damage in the invaluable mangrove forest.
Like a fort protecting a kingdom, Sundarbans yet again braced the ferocious Bulbul and shielded thousands of people on the coasts.
Packed with winds upto 120km an hour, Bulbul hit West Bengal and moved towards Dublar Char in Sarankhola Range of Sundarbans around 10.30pm on Saturday.
Bulbul gradually weakened and lost speed by 20kmph soon after hitting Sundarbans, said Md Bashirul AL Mamun, divisional forest officer of West Sundarbans division, adding it has similarly shielded against cyclones Sidr and Aila.
After ravaging the Sundarbans coast for four hours, around 3am on Sunday, the storm attacked Koyra and Shyamnagar upazilas in Satkhira and then moved towards the coastal belt of Khulna, Mongla, Bagerhat and Pirojpur districts with a wind speed of 60kmph. Then it died down.
Talking to the Business Standard, Md Bashirul AL Mamun, divisional forest officer of West Sundarbans division said, the nation should come forward to save Sundarbans because it is a shield against natural disasters like cyclone Bulbul.