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How cyclone ‘Ockhi’ got its name

Cyclone Ockhi is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall over south Tamil Nadu.

Cyclone Ockhi is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall over south Tamil Nadu.   | Photo Credit: N. Rajesh

Cyclones in the North Indian Ocean basin are named by the Indian Meteorological Department

Cyclone Ockhi is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall over south Tamil Nadu during the next 36 hours. The name Ockhi was given by Bangladesh which in Bengali means ‘eye’.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) started the tropical cyclone naming system in 2000. Tropical cyclones are named to provide ease of communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts, watches, and warnings.

The Cyclones worldwide are named by 9 regions — North Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific, Central North Pacific, Western North Pacific, North Indian Ocean, South West Indian Ocean, Australian, Southern Pacific, South Atlantic.

Cyclones in the North Indian Ocean basin are named by the Indian Meteorological Department and the first tropical cyclone was named in 2004 as Onil (given by Bangladesh).

Eight north Indian Ocean countries — Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand, gave eight names each which was combined into a list of 64 names. One name from each country is picked in an order to name the cyclones.

The previous storm Mora that caused severe flooding across Northeast India in May was named by Thailand. Mora is the name of one of the healing stones and also means star of the sea. The next cyclone will be named Sagar — a name given by India.

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