Cyclone ‘Mocha’ to Hit Bengal


Cyclone ‘Mocha’ updates and impacts over West Bengal and neighbouring states

West Bengal: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said storm forming over Bay of Bengal and Andaman. Cyclone ‘Mocha’ likely to impact Kolkata and neighbouring states like Odisha, Tamil Nadu and even Andhra Pradesh. Cyclone ‘Mocha’ is expected to make landfall in West Bengal and Odisha this week, the weather system was likely to form a depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal around May 9, and then intensify into a cyclonic storm, said in the reports by (IMD).

This weather system is called Cyclone Mocha. The naming of this cyclone was done as per the decree issued by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Southern states are also expected to get rainfall during these days. It has also been predicted that there may be moderate rainfall at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall over Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Due to cyclonic disturbances, wind speed will be reaching 40 to 50 kmph over the Southeast Bay of Bengal and areas of Andaman Sea from May 7, the Indian meteorological Department (IMD) reported. Four states are on alert in the wake of Cyclone Mocha- Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Reports from (IMD) issued a high rain alert for the state of Andhra Pradesh for next three days, in the wake of upcoming cyclone Mocha. The (IMD) also issued yellow warning for rains with thunderstorms for several districts of Odisha, including Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack and Puri.

On the contrary West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “No need to fear the cyclone.” She also added that in case of different circumstances, people from coastal areas will be rescued as the cyclone will move to Bangladesh and then Myanmar. The government of West Bengal hopes the cyclone Mocha did not do damage as the previous cyclones struck Kolkata like previous years.

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