- May 15, 2021
- Posted by: admin1
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject : Geography
Context : Recently, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned against Cyclone Tauktae, strengthening and intensifying into a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm.
About Cyclone Tauktae
- It is formed over Southeast Arabian Sea.
- It shall cause extremely heavy rainfall (more than 204 mm) over Lakshadweep, Kerala, ghats of Tamil Nadu, coastal Karnataka.
- The word Tauktae has been suggested by Myanmar.
- It means ‘gecko’, a distinctively vocal lizard, in the Burmese language.
Naming cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea
- The World Meteorological Organisation/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (WMO/UNESCAP) Panel on Tropical Cyclones agreed in principle to assign names to the tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
- It was decided to name cyclones in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea during WMO/ESCAP’s 27th session held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, in 2000.
- The naming of the tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean commenced from September 2004, with names provided by eight members.
- The members are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
- In September 2018, it was decided to prepare a fresh list of names of tropical cyclones including representation from five new member countries, viz., Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.