India, Nov. 13 -- High tide would havemeant saline water inundating the delta area

Cyclone Bulbul, which left a trail of destruction and lost lives in Odisha, West Bengal as well as Bangladesh, could have been even more devastating. A low tide at the time of the storm prevented the inundation of salt water, sources in the Bengal forest department said.

This saved animals in the Sundarbans forest, unlike during Cyclone Aila that struck the region a decade ago.

Bulbul reached a wind speed of 135 km per hour on the night of November 9-10, 2019. An estimated five-six million people were affected.

"The loss of human lives could be minimised as could evacuate nearly 1.75 lakh people," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

"Thousands of mud ho...