Cyclone Asani on Odisha and Bay of Bengal

Cyclone Asani on Odisha and Bay of Bengal

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) has alerted public on severe cyclonic storm name ‘Asani’ which jamming winds up to 120kmph. As per the alert issued, cyclonic storm is likely to arrive at west central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal before weakening in the next 24 hours.

The cyclone is not anticipated to make landfall, it will wind to rain and high winds on the east coast and higher temperatures over northwest and central India.

Centre point of cyclone:

The centre point of Asani was created over west central Bay of Bengal, about 820km west-northwest of Port Blair.

Warning over Heat Waves:

The IMD has alerted with warning for heat waves over parts of Rajasthan (May 9 to 13) with isolated severe heatwave conditions over western parts of the state (May 10 to 12). It also alerted of heat waves in Gujarat (May 9 and 10), Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh (May 9 to 13), south Haryana and south Punjab (May 10 to 13) and over Delhi (May 11 to 13).

Warning signal on Rainfall:

Alert to Andhra Pradesh: Moderate to heavy rains whipped parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh on Monday. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to be at isolated places.

Moderate to heavy rains ranging from 2cm to 8.5cm were experienced in Vizianagaram, East Godavari, West Godavari and Eluru districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Alert to Odisha: Distant warning signal 2, asking ships not to come near the coast, has been ran up in all ports in Odisha in view of the approaching storm.

Alert to West Bengal: In West Bengal, the cyclone is likely to drive heavy rain in southern parts, including Kolkata, Howrah, Purba Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas and Nadia districts over the next 2-3 days.

Name Given to Cyclone:

India’s neighboring country Sri Lanka has given this Cyclone as ‘Asani’. The meaning of ‘Asani’ is ‘Wrath’ in Sinhalese.

Question & Answer:

Q1. What is the name of cyclone which is hitting Odisha and Andhra Pradesh?

Ans. Cyclone Asani

Q2. Which country gave the name Cyclone Asani which created in Bay of Bengal?

Ans.  Sri Lanka

Q3. Who is the Director General of IMD (Indian Meteorology Department)?

Ans. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

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