Cyclone Amphan is approaching the Bay of Bengal and is likely to be one of the biggest storms of the last ten years, according to meteorologists. Follow our special coverage of Coronavirus pandemic in India and get news updates from around the world. The Bangla word "Fani" means snake. After Amphan, the names of the three cyclones would be Nisarga (Bangladesh), Gati (India) and Nivar (Iran). The storm, which formed in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday, is likely to cross the Bangladesh coast within tomorrow night and Wednesday evening, according to a weather bulletin by BMD. The names are chosen from a list by a host of member countries part of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), a specialised agency within the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. With millions affected and over 80 dead, the cyclone battered an already suffering population from the COVID-19 lockdowns. Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, was packing sustained winds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) with maximum gusts of 190 kph (118 mph) during its landfall. The region, with 58 million people in the two bordering countries, has some of the most vulnerable communities in South Asia. Cyclones that form in every ocean basin across the world are named by the regional specialised meteorological centres (RSMCs) and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs). Cyclone Amphan: "Amphan" was the last name on the current list before a new one starts. Since "Amphan"-- the last name on the original list established in 2004 had remained unused -- it was selected to complete the previous list and move onto a new one, according to the IMD. It is likely to de-intensify to an extremely severe cyclonic storm when it makes a landfall. According to the US National Hurricane Center, landfall is “the intersection of the surface centre of a tropical cyclone with a coastline. Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy on Monday revealed that the State evacuated around 60,000 people as a precautionary measure. Cyclone Amphan, which is expected to hit Bengal on Wednesday, will weaken into an extremely severe cyclonic storm in the next six hours, the Met department has said. Limited period offer. Cyclonic storm "Roanu" that hit Bangladesh in May 2016 was named by Maldives. The biggest cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal in two decades with strong winds can do a large scale damage to road transport, essential goods transportation, electric poles, telephone poles, older houses, crops, etc., said IMD. Amphan made landfall near Bakkhali in West Bengal at 2:30 p.m. IST on 20 May,  buffeting the region with strong winds and heavy rains. And why are cyclones given names and who decides those? IMD released a new list of 169 cyclone names in April of this year including 13 suggestions from each of the 13 countries. Bad news is it is still gushing towards lands at a speed in excess of 175-185 kmph. With NDRF and other frontline workers waiting on the heel to step in and help as Amphan is expected to make a landfall Bengal today, May 20, authorities expect it to weaken into an 'extremely severe' category cyclonic storm. Amphan has intensified into a super cyclonic storm and is expected to make a landfall on May 20 between the Digha islands in West Bengal and Hatia islands of Bangladesh, Mohapatra said at a press briefing. 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India Eastern India Damage from Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. Nivar - Iran ” “Amphan” is the name assigned to the ensuing cyclonic storm, proposed by Thailand and this name appears as the last one in the 2004 list of 64 cyclonic storms prepared by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). However, in 2018, the panel expanded to include five more countries from West Asia - Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen. All rights reserved. The names which India suggested are Agni, Akash, Bijli, Jal, Lehar, Megh, Sagar, and Vayu. But, how is it that a cyclone which originated in the Northern Indian Ocean region was named by Thailand and that too almost 16 years ago? They came up with a list of 64 names in 2004 -- eight names from each country -- for upcoming cyclones. Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department said cyclone Amphan had intensified into an extremely severe storm overnight and is likely to strengthen further to become a super cyclone. In southern Bangladesh, a volunteer in a cyclone preparedness team drowned when a boat capsized in a canal. My Sand Art at #Puri beach, #Odisha.
The name was suggested by Thailand back in 2004.
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