What’s in a name? How Cyclone ‘Tauktae’ was given its moniker | India News

NEW DELHI: Cyclone Tauktae on Sunday intensified right into a “very extreme cyclonic storm” over Eastcentral Arabian Sea, the India Meteorological Division (IMD) stated. It is rather prone to intensify additional throughout the subsequent 12 hours, and attain the coast of Gujarat on Could 17.
As a precautionary measure, rescue groups have been deployed in six states — Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Goa — which might possible be in direct line of risk of the cyclone.
Whereas the web could also be abuzz with notes of warning, it additionally made many realise that lots goes in a reputation. Cyclone Tauktae’s (pronounced Tau’Te) identify originates from a Burmese phrase which interprets to gecko — a “extremely vocal lizard”. The cyclone was named by neighbouring nation Myanmar.

Cyclones are formally named by one of many World Meteorological Group‘s (WMO) warning centres based mostly throughout the globe. The WMO/United Nations Financial and Social Fee for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) consists of 13 nations — India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Maldives, Oman, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
So is there any standards relating to naming cyclones? Whereas the identify ought to ideally be quick and comprehensible, an essential issue is that it should not be insensitive.
However why identify them within the first place? For many half, nomenclature helps in achieving readability and avoiding confusion in case there’s a couple of cyclone hitting coast at a time. In the long term, enlisting a reputation additionally proves to be helpful when a sure cyclone must be talked about.

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