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Cyclone Mocha highlights: NDRF teams arrive in West Bengal's Digha, IMD issues warning

Cyclone Mocha highlights: Mocha forming over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a very severe storm by Friday where wind speeds can reach 130 kmph.
Cyclone Mocha is forecast to make landfall on May 14 along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, according to India's meteorological office.
Cyclone Mocha is forecast to make landfall on May 14 along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, according to India's meteorological office.

Several units of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) have been placed on high alert after the warning of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for cyclonic storm 'Mocha'.  IMD on Wednesday predicted that the depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards and is likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm over the same region. It further the movement of the depression is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by Friday, May 12 where wind speeds can reach 130 kmph, over the southeast and adjoining central Bay of Bengal....Read More

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May 11, 2023 10:29 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha to intensify into severe cyclonic storm; IMD issues warning

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday issued a bulletin forecasting that cyclone Mocha is expected to intensify into a severe storm by midnight over the central Bay of Bengal.

May 11, 2023 10:14 PM IST

Kerala, Mahe to see widespread rainfall over next five days

For Kerala and Mahe, the IMD said fairly widespread rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms, and gusty winds could be expected over the next five days

May 11, 2023 9:18 PM IST

NDRF teams arrive in West Bengal's Digha as cyclone Mocha set to intensify into severe storm

National Disaster Response Force teams arrive in Digha, West Bengal. Announcements being made for tourists and fishermen, asking them to refrain from going into the sea on the 12th and 13th of May.

May 11, 2023 8:46 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha: IMD issues weather prediction in wake of storm

Heavy to very heavy rainfall warning was issued by IMD for tomorrow for Andaman and Nicobar islands and moderate rainfall in Kerala, Odisha and Karnataka amid as cyclone Mocha intensifies into a severe storm.

May 11, 2023 8:00 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha: IMD shares details about movement of storm, says to intensify into severe storm

"Cyclonic storm Mocha over the southeast Bay of Bengal about 510 km west-southwest of Port Blair, 1190 km south-southwest of Coxs Bazar (Bangladesh). To intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by midnight of today," tweeted IMD.

May 11, 2023 7:19 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha to intensify into severe storm by midnight: IMD

Cyclonic storm Mocha will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by midnight of Thursday, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

May 11, 2023 6:36 PM IST

Are cyclones different from hurricanes or typhoons?

Cyclones -- the equivalent of hurricanes in the North Atlantic or typhoons in the Northwest Pacific -- are a regular and deadly menace on the coast of the northern Indian Ocean.

May 11, 2023 6:15 PM IST

Rohingya refugees camps in Bangladesh's low-lying region predicted to be affected

A storm surge of between two and two and a half metres (6-8 feet) for the low-lying coastal region, which on the Bangladeshi side is home to sprawling camps hosting hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, AFP reported.

May 11, 2023 5:22 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha: Myanmar and Bangladesh evacuating people from low-lying areas

Myanmar and Bangladesh deployed thousands of volunteers and ordered evacuations from low-lying areas on Thursday as the Bay of Bengal's first cyclone of the year approached, AFP reported.

May 11, 2023 4:23 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha updates

IMD says, “Cyclonic storm Mocha lay centered near latitude 11.6 N and longitude 88.0 E, about 510 km west of Port Blair, 1160 km south-southwest of Coxs Bazar (Bangladesh) at 1130 hrs IST of today the 11th May. To intensify into a severe cyclonic storm around evening of today.”

May 11, 2023 4:21 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha updates: Heavy rainfall predicted in Northeast India

Rainfall at most places with Heavy rainfall at isolated places in Tripura & Mizoram is likely on 13th May and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on 14th May

Nagaland, Manipur & south Assam: Rainfall at many places with Heavy rainfall at isolated places on 14th May.

May 11, 2023 4:20 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha updates: Heavy rainfall predicted in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Rainfall at most places of Andaman & Nicobar Islands with Heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely on 11th May Heavy to very heavy at isolated places is likely on 12th May and heavy rainfall at isolated places during 13th and 14th May.

May 11, 2023 3:02 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha latest updates

IMD said, “Cyclonic storm Mocha lay centered near latitude 11.6 N and longitude 88.0 E, about 510 km west of Port Blair, 1160 km south-southwest of Coxs Bazar (Bangladesh) at 1130 hrs IST of today the 11th May. To intensify into a severe cyclonic storm around evening of today.”

May 11, 2023 1:56 PM IST

Deadliest storms: Cyclone Nargis ripped Myanmar in 2008

In May 2008 Cyclone Nargis left at least 138,000 dead or missing in Myanmar, in the country's worst natural disaster.

May 11, 2023 12:59 PM IST

Deadliest storms: Cyclone Sidr ripped Bangladesh in 2007

Bangladesh was last hit by a super storm in November 2007 when Cyclone Sidr ripped through the country's southwest, killing more than 3,000 people and causing damage worth billions of dollars.

 

May 11, 2023 12:53 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha to to make landfall along Bangladesh-Myanmar border

IMD says, Cyclone Mocha would make landfall on Sunday along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border packing winds of up to 145 kilometres per hour.

May 11, 2023 12:52 PM IST

Cyclone Mocha updates: Bangladesh on high alert

Ahmadul Haque, director of Bangladesh's Cyclone Preparedness Programme, said they had deployed 8,600 volunteers in Cox's Bazar and another 3,400 Rohingya volunteers in the refugee camps, AFP reported.

May 11, 2023 11:45 AM IST

How Cyclone Mocha is named?

The Cyclone Mocha (Mokha) - a name suggested by Yemen - is named after the Red Sea port city which is known to have introduced coffee to the world over 500 years ago.

May 11, 2023 11:45 AM IST

How cyclones get their name?

Cyclones are named depending on the regional rules.

The system of naming cyclones was adopted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and member countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP). According to the WMO, in the Atlantic and in the Southern Hemisphere (Indian Ocean and South Pacific), tropical cyclones receive names in alphabetical order, and women's and men's names are alternated, while in the Northern Indian Ocean, the names are listed alphabetically by country and are gender-neutral.

May 11, 2023 10:34 AM IST

Cyclone Mocha: The latest update from IMD

IMD says, deep Depression, intensified into a cyclonic storm Mocha and lay centered about 510 km west-southwest of Port Blair, 1210 km south-southwest of Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh) at 0530 hrs IST of today the 11th May. To intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by mid-night of today.

May 11, 2023 9:30 AM IST

Cyclone Mocha over Bay of Bengal will not have any impact on Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast: IMD

IMD says Cyclone Mocha over Bay of Bengal will not have any impact on Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast. IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra says Met department has not issued any kind of warning for Odisha regarding wind speed or rainfall. The cyclone will move towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coasts, so there will be no impact on Odisha. However, the conditions will be very rough in the deep sea, reported All India Radio News.

May 11, 2023 9:03 AM IST

Cyclone Mocha not likely to have much impact in Bengal

There is an alert of a heat wave in the state till May 12. Cyclone Mocha is not likely to have much impact in Bengal. The landfall of the cyclone will be between Bangladesh and Myanmar. Fishermen and people have been warned not to venture near the sea: Sanjib Banerjee, Deputy Director General IMD, Kolkata, rpeorts ANI. 

May 11, 2023 8:56 AM IST

Depression over Bay of Bengal intensifies into cyclonic storm

Deep Depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm 'Mocha' and lay centered about 510 km west-southwest of Port Blair, 1210 km south-southwest of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. It is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by midnight today: India Meteorological Department

May 11, 2023 8:54 AM IST

Rainfall predicted in northeast

Rainfall is likely at most places of Andaman and Nicobar Islands with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely during May 9 to 11. India's northeast is expected to record heavy rainfall during the weekend due to the impact of Mocha. Tripura and Mizoram are expected to record heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 13 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 14. Nagaland, Manipur and South Assam will also record heavy rain on Sunday.

May 11, 2023 8:48 AM IST

Andaman administration alerts people

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration has alerted people as the cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal was likely intensify from late Tuesday night. A well-marked low-pressure area now lies over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea.

May 11, 2023 8:45 AM IST

Bengal CM Mamata on cyclone preparedness

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that people do not need to fear the cyclone as the state government is equipped to handle the situation.

"If there come different circumstances, we will rescue people from coastal areas as the cyclone will move to Bangladesh and then Myanmar," CM Banerjee said.

May 11, 2023 8:27 AM IST

Cyclone Mocha's impact on Jharkhand

Jharkhand sizzled as temperatures hovered around 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the state, PTI quoted a weather official on Wednesday.

The heat condition is likely to remain the same for the next three to four days, following which mercury may dip by two to four degrees Celsius due to slight impact of Cyclone Mocha forming over the Bay of Bengal, he said.

May 11, 2023 8:21 AM IST

Indian embassy in Myanmar issues advisory for the citizens

“The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast that Cyclone Mocha is likely to make landfall off Myanmar Coast at about 1200 Hr (local time) on 14 May 2023. Wind speeds in excess of 110 kmph accompanied by heavy rains are likely to be encountered prior/ during this period,” read the embassy statement.

May 11, 2023 8:17 AM IST

Southern districts of Bengal singe in heat conditions

The southern districts of West Bengal reeled under the heat conditions on Wednesday and the temperature in the region will hover around 40 degree Celsius in the next 24 hours, the Met department said.

May 11, 2023 8:10 AM IST

IMD predicts ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ by Friday

Continuing to move north-northwestwards, the weather office said the system will gradually intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by May 11 morning and a very severe cyclonic storm by May 12 morning over southeast and adjoining central Bay of Bengal.

May 11, 2023 8:00 AM IST

Cyclonic storm to weaken from Saturday

The cyclonic storm is likely to re-curve gradually, move north-northeastwards and weaken slightly from May 13 and cross southeast Bangladesh and north Myanmar coasts between Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) and Kyaukpyu (Myanmar) around the forenoon of May 14, with maximum sustained wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph, the IMD added.

May 11, 2023 7:59 AM IST

'Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh's Cox’s Bazar face a greater risk of landslide'

The state minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman said, “Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar face a greater risk of landslide due to rain and high speed wind. Preparations for their safety have been made,” DD News reported. 

May 11, 2023 7:39 AM IST

How a ‘system’ becomes a ‘cyclonic storm’

A system is categorised as a Cyclonic Storm when its 3-minute average maximum sustained wind speeds fall between 63-88 kmph, as per IMD

May 11, 2023 7:31 AM IST

Departure of ‘Nalanda’ vessel was delayed yesterday

The scheduled departure of the vessel 'Nalanda' from Chennai to Port Blair via Campbell Bay and Nancowry on May 10 has been postponed until further notice. Passengers can get update and status of the vessel from the information counter at Phoenix Bay here. A dedicated phone service - number 03192-245555/232714, toll free number 18003452714 and Chennai counter phone number 044 – 25226873 has been set up, officials told PTI.

May 11, 2023 7:30 AM IST

Nomenclature of cyclones

Cyclones are named depending on the regional rules.

The system of naming cyclones was adopted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and member countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP). According to the WMO, in the Atlantic and in the Southern Hemisphere (Indian Ocean and South Pacific), tropical cyclones receive names in alphabetical order, and women's and men's names are alternated, while in the Northern Indian Ocean, the names are listed alphabetically by country and are gender-neutral.

May 11, 2023 7:30 AM IST

Here's how Cyclone Mocha got its name

The Cyclone Mocha (Mokha) - a name suggested by Yemen - was named after the Red Sea port city which is known to have introduced coffee to the world over 500 years ago.

May 11, 2023 7:17 AM IST

Deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal

The meteorological department updated, “The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 07 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centered at 0830 hours IST of today, the 10th May 2023 over the same region near latitude 8.8°N and longitude 88.9°E, about 530 km southwest of Port Blair, 1430 km souds of Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh) and 1320 km south-southwest of Sittwe (Myanmar).”

May 11, 2023 7:17 AM IST

If you area is under cyclone alert, follow these guidelines

Keep monitoring the warnings. This will help you prepare for a cyclone emergency.

Pass the information to others.

Ignore rumours and do not spread them; this will help to avoid panic situations.

Believe in the official information

May 11, 2023 7:10 AM IST

Mamata Banerjee assures full preparation

On Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said "There is no need to fear the cyclone. If need be, we will shift people from coastal areas. The forecast suggests that the cyclone will move to Bangladesh and, thereafter, towards Myanmar," ANI reported.

May 11, 2023 7:09 AM IST

What to do if caught in cyclone?

Leave early before your way to high ground or shelter gets flooded

Do not delay and run the risk of being marooned

If your house is securely built on high ground take shelter in the safe part of the house. However, if asked to evacuate do not hesitate to leave the place.

Board up glass windows or put storm shutters in place.

May 11, 2023 7:09 AM IST

'Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh's Cox’s Bazar face a greater risk of landslide'

The state minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman said, “Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar face a greater risk of landslide due to rain and high speed wind. Preparations for their safety have been made,” DD News reported.

May 11, 2023 7:00 AM IST

Bangladesh has put the army, navy and coast guard on alert

The state minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman said that like previous years, the government has put the army, navy and coast guard on alert to deal with any situation arising due to the cyclone, DD news reported.

May 11, 2023 7:00 AM IST

Cyclone Mocha updates: 'Deep Depression near Port Blair expected to become cyclonic storm tonight'

The India Meteorological Department tweeted, "Deep Depression lay centered near 10.0 N and 88.4 E, about 510 km west-southwest of port Blair, 1320 km south-southwest of Cox’s bazaar (Bangladesh) at 1730 hrs IST of today the 10th May. To intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm by tonight."

May 11, 2023 6:58 AM IST

Indian Coast Guard on high alert after IMD's warning

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) units have been placed on high alert amid the warning of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for cyclonic storm 'Mocha', said an official statement, ANI reported. 

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