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Whenever a cyclone hits a country, the first thing that strikes the mind the most is the meaning of these names. In 2000, a group of nations called WMO/ESCAP (World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), which included Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand decided to start naming cyclones in the region. Once each country submitted their suggestions, the WMO/ESCAP Tropical Cyclone Panel (PTC) finalized the list.
WMO/ESCAP expanded to include five more countries in 2018: Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The list of 169 cyclone names published by IMD in April 2020 was provided by these countries – 13 suggestions from each of the 13 countries.
Adopting names for cyclones makes them easier to remember, as opposed to numbers and technical terms. Apart from the general public, it also helps the scientific community, the media, disaster managers, etc. With a name, it is also easy to identify individual cyclones, raise awareness of its development, quickly disseminate warnings to increase community preparedness, and clear up confusion where there are multiple cyclone systems over an area.
Super cyclones in India and Bangladesh: the number of people exposed to severe flooding is expected to increase significantly
A new study has found that super cyclones are likely to have a much more devastating impact on people in South Asia in years to come. The article was published in the Royal Meteorological Society’s journal Climate Resilience and Sustainability on Monday – a day India’s Meteorological Department was tracking Asani, classified as a severe cyclonic storm and expected to weaken into a cyclone.
The research, led by the University of Bristol and including scientists from Bangladesh, focused on 2020’s Super Cyclone Amphan, the costliest cyclone to make landfall in South Asia. They projected its consequences in different scenarios of sea level rise due to global warming.
“Extremely severe” Cyclone Fani and “Super Cyclone” Amphan wreaked havoc in Odisha and West Bengal respectively. Cyclone Asani, on the other hand, is only expected to skim the coast and not make landfall. Its predicted recurring behavior as it reaches near the southern coast of Odisha will likely be similar to that of Cyclone Jawad, although Asani’s track does not match that of Jawad, which formed in the Bay of Bengal in December. latest.