India, May 28 -- Multiple factors worked in tandem to minimise damage in Sundarbans; but next time may be different, warn experts

Cyclone Remal missed the Indian coast by a whisker and landed close to a small forested Bangladeshi island named 'Mathar Dwip' around midnight on May 26, southwest of the port city of Mongla in the Khulna division, India Meteorological Department (IMD) sources have confirmed to this reporter.

The sources added that Canning, the West Bengal city where the word 'cyclone' was coined by Englishman Henry Piddington in 1848, was hardly 70 kilometres from the cyclone's eye when it landed.

Nine people have died as a result of the cyclone so far. Close to 10 million were evacuated to rescue shelters on either side of...