Bhubaneswar, April 30 ( LocalWire): With global warming on the rise, cyclones are pretty frequent nowadays. And to remember each one from the other, they are also named.
World Meteorological Organisation has devised a mechanism where countries submit a list of names. The one waiting to hit the eastern coast of the country was named ‘Fani’ (to be pronounced Foni) by Bangladesh.
The name was picked from a pool of 64 names suggested by right countries in the North Indian Ocean basin.
Tropical cyclones developing in the North Indian Ocean have been named by countries who send their names to the regional tropical cyclone committee.
Some recent cyclones names are India (Vayu), Sri Lanka (Pawan), Bangladesh (Fani), Maldives (Hikaa), Myanmar (Kyarr), Oman (Maha), Pakistan (BulBul) and Thailand (Amphan)
“The main purpose of naming a tropical cyclone is basically for people to easily understand and remember the tropical cyclone in a region, thus to facilitate tropical cyclone disaster risk awareness, preparedness, management and reduction,” WMO says in its explanation of how cyclones are named.
The use of short, distinctive names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error, further explains.
With the latest weather forecast on Tuesday morning, Indian Meteorological Department said Cyclone Fani is gaining strength over southeast Bay of Bengal and will soon develop into an ‘extremely severe cyclonic’ storm.
‘It is very likely to intensify further into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during next 36 hours. It is supposed to move northwestwards till 1 May evening and thereafter re-curve north-northeastwards towards Odisha coast,’ the IMD added.