It has helped us keep apace with events and happenings.  4 tonnes of material, including rice, dal, salt and potatoes, water, blankets, raincoats, disposable clothes, mosquito nets and dhurries, were given to the local government. The name 'Ockhi' was given by Bangladesh.  In its entirety, Ockhi left a trail of massive destruction in Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep, South India, and The Maldives, as it strengthened from a depression to a mature cyclone. A one-stop-shop for seeing the latest updates, and managing your preferences. 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It was a name given to the cyclone by the Bangladesh. The government claimed the relief material would last for a week for 2,000 people.  The department instead predicted rain of 75 mm (3.0 in) or more over various parts of the island over the period of November 28–30. Each Tropical Cyclone basin in the world has its own rotating list of names. There are 13 countries member of RSMCs and each allowed to propose 13 names. , The Southern Railway announced partial cancellation of train services between Nagercoil and Kanyakumari, Nagercoil and Thiruvananthapuram, and Nagercoil and Tirunelveli due to heavy rain caused by Ockhi.  In Tamil Nadu, damage was estimated more than Rs 1000 crore (US$155 million). We also reiterate here the promise that our team of reporters, copy editors, fact-checkers, designers, and photographers will deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda. He also announced that fishermen and their children will be paid ₹60 and ₹ 45 as an allowance for a week along with free food and rations for the residents of the coastal villages for a period of a month.. 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).  The storm tracked along Sri Lanka's southwestern and western coastline, towards the west-northwest, around the southern verge of a subtropical ridge located over India.  Afterward, the remnant of Ockhi crossed over land and dissipated several hours later. The current list has a total of 169 names including 13 names each from 13 WMO/ESCAP member countries. It was back in the year 2000 that the tropical cyclone naming system was introduced by the organizations – World Meteorological Organization, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The three major islands of Lakshadweep—Minicoy, Kalpeni, and Kavaratti—suffered major damages. , The Maldives Meteorological Centre predicted heavy rain and strong winds across the country's atolls, particularly those in the north and center of the island chain, over the day. Several cyclonic storms have been named by these countries which include Phailin, Hudhud, Nilofar. govt. , As of December 4, 2017, the cyclone had caused 26 confirmed deaths, with a further 77 injured; the Disaster Management Center reported 123,217 people of 35,354 families in 16 districts as having been affected, with 5,650 individuals of 1,424 displaced families having been provided shelter at 65 emergency welfare centers.  Due to the storm's rapidly consolidating low level circulation center, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert, shortly before classifying it as Tropical Cyclone 03B on November 29. One name from each country is picked in an order to name the Cyclones. Enjoy reading as many articles as you wish without any limitations. Onil, Ogni, Nisha, Giri, Chapala, Ockhi and Fani are the names of cyclones by Bangladesh. The system produced heavy rainfall and gale-force winds in Sri Lanka, initially affecting the southern coastline, with Matara, and the general Matara District in particular, experiencing wind speeds of 70–80 km/h (40–50 mph) and bearing the brunt of the cyclone. for ignoring storm warnings and placing people at mercy of weather gods", "Cyclone Ockhi updates: Palaniswamy urges Rajnath Singh to involve Navy, Coast Guard in search operations LIVE News, Latest Updates, Live blog, Highlights and Live coverage", "While southern Kerala and parts of T.N. It means ‘snake’ or ‘hood of a snake’ For cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, the naming system was Why and How are Cyclones Named?  The Department of Meteorology also issued a weather advisory for heavy rain, strong winds, and rough seas on the morning of November 28, at 1130 IST. Naming a Cyclone Ockhi, meaning 'eye', is a Bengali name given by Bangladesh. The practice of naming these tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea began in September 2004, before which the names were just given arbitrarily. These countries name cyclones one by one, which are discussed in the meeting of all countries and then later finalised. Each member suggested 13 names this year making up a total of 169 names for the cyclones. The WMO/ESCAP expanded to include five more countries in 2018 — Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The government sought a relief package, worth ₹7,340 crore (US$1.14 billion).  On November 29, the storm organized into a depression just off the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) gave the system the identifier BOB 07. The Indian Meteorological Department responsible for naming cyclones in the north Indian Ocean basin maintains a list of names collected from 8 countries – Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.  On December 2, the cyclone hit the Lakshadweep islands, suffering more than Rs 500 crore (US$77.5 million) loss. The Hindu has always stood for journalism that is in the public interest.  The coastal areas of Ernakulam District, in Kerala, were affected by the cyclone. The name was contributed by Bangladesh which means “eye”. Of the 64 names suggested by these eight countries, 57 have been utilised. Why the name Ockhi? Strong winds of 25 km/h were also recorded. We brief you on the latest and most important developments, three times a day.  Torrential overnight rains, accompanied by squally winds lashed the district, uprooted 550 trees and 950 electric poles, disrupting normal life. , The mountainous island archipelago is constantly struck by typhoons recurving out of the tropics, which are normally in extratropical transition as they pass through Japan. Several major beaches in the state were affected due to the sudden ingress of water, which resulted in inundation of the shacks and soil erosion.  The National Building Research Organisation issued a warning to Kalutara District and its surroundings, with a focus on Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala, Ingiriya and Agalawatta in particular, predicting landslides and sinkhole formation. Many parts suffered power cuts, even as educational institutions remained closed in the districts of Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Virudhunagar and Thanjavur. Almost 50 shacks in the Morjim, Mandrem, Arambol and Querim Beaches in Pernem taluka were damaged. Ockhi caused at least 245 fatalities, including 218 in India and 27 in Sri Lanka, and the storm left at least 550 people missing, mainly fishermen. A desalination plant at Kavaratti was also damaged. At this difficult time, it becomes even more important that we have access to information that has a bearing on our health and well-being, our lives, and livelihoods. The naming of Tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean region given by 8 pannel member countries (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, and Thailand). , As Ockhi moved further into the Arabian Sea, it traveled through an area of sea surface temperatures of 31 °C (89 °F) and decreasing wind shear; a 23 mi (37 km) eye became visible on satellite imagery, prompting the JTWC to upgrade it to a Category 3-equivalent cyclone early on December 2. As a subscriber, you are not only a beneficiary of our work but also its enabler.  Rs 10,000 was pledged as an initial allowance for each family affected to a significant degree by Ockhi. a speedboat off Maaungoodhoo island in Shaviyani Atoll (13 rescued). How countries select names.  Falling trees and damage to power transmission lines resulted in power outages in affected areas, with Matara, Galle and Ambalangoda among the worst affected. Cyclone Ockhi in 2017, that hit Tamil Nadu and Kerala was given by Thailand In 2017. a cargo boat off Taj Coral Reef in Kaafu Atoll 20195 (3 rescued).  The complaint was that in the matter of Ockhi and the natural calamity that followed, the Centre had a different attitude. a cargo boat off Cinamon Dhonveli island in Kaafu Atoll (3 rescued). Cyclone Ockhi is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall over south Tamil Nadu. 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The Department of Meteorology issued heavy rain warnings for the Northern, North-Central, Uva, Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces, and an additional one to fishing communities warning of rough seas and winds up to 70 km/h (43 mph). , On December 3, the government allocated Rs 170 million from the national insurance trust fund for relief efforts targeting affected citizens, distributed among each divisional secretariat affected.  Cyclone Ockhi dumped more than 80,000 kg or 80 tonnes of waste from the ocean on the Mumbai beaches, according to estimates released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) solid waste management (SWM) department.  On December 4, analysis showed that Ockhi was maintaining a source aloft, but there was restricted outflow on the western edge[further explanation needed], due to a deepening trough advancing rapidly from the west. The next cyclone, whenever it originates, will be named ‘Vayu’, suggested by India. All the eight countries have suggested eight names for naming future cyclones. , On December 1, several government agencies issued a series of warnings, with the country's Disaster Management Center issuing a flood warning for areas along the Nilwala, Gin and Kalu rivers, while the Irrigation Department reported Millakanda (along the Kalu), Baddegama (on the Gin) and Panadugama (on the Nilwala) as areas particularly prone to floods, with Baddegama and Panadugama already experiencing minor localized flooding. A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal led to the formation of Cyclone Ockhi on Thursday morning. 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. After the 64 names are used up, the eight countries submit new names. The next cyclone will be named Sagar — a name given by India. Mora is the name of one of the healing stones and also means star of the sea.  The IMD followed suit, upgrading the storm to a Deep Depression, and soon afterwards to Cyclonic Storm Ockhi. Its name was given by Bangladesh. The ninth depression, and the third and strongest named storm of the 2017 North Indian Ocean cyclone season, Ockhi originated from an area of low pressure that formed over the southwest Bay of Bengal on November 28. 8 North Indian Ocean countries like Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand, give 8 names each.  Dry and cold air from the subcontinent rapidly weakened the storm, and it was last noted as a well-marked low-pressure area south of the Gulf of Cambay on December 6. A series of advisories were issued during this period, until the effect of the cyclone lessened over the island. Tropical Cyclones and Hurricanes – Ockhi Around 2,648 people were evacuated to seven shelters over by Kochi.  Due to high atmospheric moisture and warmer oceanic surface temperature between Sri Lanka and Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) in mainland India, Ockhi intensified into a cyclonic storm on November 30. If you wonder what's the meaning of the name 'Ockhi,' here is the answer – it means 'eye.'.  Colombo and its suburbs, along with the southwestern and western coastal regions, were also affected, with many parts of the capital city and its suburbs experiencing power outages and property damage; several roads were obstructed by falling trees and power lines, including that leading to the Supreme Court complex at Aluthkade. All the cyclones are given names so to identify them. Countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan and Thailand submit a list of names to the regional tropical cyclone committee for the cyclones developing in the North Indian Ocean.  The cyclone then moved away from Lakshadweep towards the western coast of India on December 4, bringing rare December rainfall to Mumbai and nearby. , Several seafaring vessels were capsized on November 30:, In all, 14 separate incidents were reported in the Maldivian seas as a result of Ockhi's effects. The first tropical cyclone was named ‘Onil’ by Bangladesh in 2004. We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times.  The Indian Navy and Coast Guard searched for stranded fishermen in the coastal areas of Lakshadweep. Printable version | Jan 12, 2021 5:54:23 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/how-cyclone-ockhi-got-its-name/article21218647.ece.  The Maldives National Defence Force was assigned to rescue and flood draining efforts predominantly on islands where the local citizenry could not manage on their own; the police too provided aid. Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Ockhi[nb 1] was a strong tropical cyclone that devastated parts of Sri Lanka and India in 2017, and was the most intense tropical cyclone in the Arabian Sea since Cyclone Megh in 2015. People were provided with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief by the Indian Navy in Lakshadweep. The name of the cyclone Ockhi means ‘eye’ in Bangla language. Your support for our journalism is invaluable.  Ockhi impacted Lakshadweep on December 2, uprooting coconut trees and causing extensive damage to houses, power lines and other infrastructure on the islands. Bangladesh named the cyclone as it was their turn. Falling trees and damage to power transmission lines resulted in power outages in affected areas, with Matara, Galle and Ambalangoda among the worst affected. The WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones at its twenty-seventh Session held in 2000 in Muscat, Oman agreed in principal to assign names to the tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal Naming a Cyclone: Bengal and Arabian Sea.After long deliberations among the member countries, the naming of the tropical cyclones over north Indian Ocean commenced from September 2004 You can support quality journalism by turning off ad blocker or purchase a subscription for unlimited access to The Hindu. 170 million for relief to weather affected", "JO faults govt.  As a deep depression, the system lashed the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, damaging infrastructure and taking the lives of 22 people. The IMD upgraded …  The Meteorological Department issued a Red Alert early on November 30, with schools in the Western, Central, Southern and Uva provinces given a holiday on the same day by order of the Ministry of Education, postponing exams meant to be held on the day. The name ‘Vayu’ was suggested by India. Before that, there were cyclones Hudhud in 2014, Ockhi in 2017 and Titli and Gaja in 2018. Lakshadweep experienced massive coastal erosion, power disruption, extensive damage to property and water shortages. , While near Kanyakumari in mainland India, Ockhi changed course and intensified while heading towards Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea. The Kerala Disaster Management Authority blamed the India Meteorological Department, claiming that they had only issued a fishing advisory, and not a warning. One name from each country is picked in an order to name the cyclones. On May 16, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) classified the low as a depression at 12:00 UTC about 200 km (125 mi) northeast of Cape Guardafui, Somalia. The next tropical cyclone over Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea will be known as “Amphan” ( a Thai name… Ockhi is a Bengali name meaning eye. On the same day, the JTWC designated the depression as Tropical Cyclone 01A. Also, at the same time two or more cyclones can occur at the same place at the same time. In 2017, Cyclone Ockhi caused severe damage in Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu. , According to government officials, about 33,000 people from Kerala and another 2,800 from Tamil Nadu were affected by the cyclone as of November 30, 2017.  The protesters claimed that the Government of Kerala was late in issuing warning to the fishermen on November 29, when the cyclone was in depression state near Sri Lanka.  On December 2, police and firefighters were formally joined by the Sri Lankan Navy- followed by the army and air force in search and rescue operations, with the aid of state agencies and the Sri Lankan Red Cross.  Unseasonal rain and inclement weather in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi had severely impacted grape farms in Maharashtra. Authorities conducted rescue operations that attempted to locate the missing people in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep. Some of the names suggested by India are Agni, Jali, Bijli, Akash, while Mala, Helen and Nilofar were suggested by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively. , Kerala and Tamil Nadu sent special rescue teams on December 2 to track missing fishermen who were at sea during the onset of the cyclone, due to protests in coastal areas over the unsatisfactory response from government agencies.  The Centre inquired with Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister about the situation but did not inquire about Kerala. The Centre Government reported that 39 people had died and 167 were missing, after the cyclone hit parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. These 8 countries have suggested 8 names each. The name was given by Bangladesh. This cyclone was named by Pakistan. | The News Deck Latest The Nashik District received 125.5 mm of rain, due to the impact of Ockhi. So, why did Bangladesh give it the name?  823 houses were reported completely destroyed, with a further 32,347 sustaining damage to varying degrees. , Cyclone Ockhi passed just south of Puthalam, the southern tip of mainland India, on November 30.  Ockhi weakened into a well-marked low near the south coast of Gujarat, India, on December 6, before crossing the coastline and dissipating shortly afterward. The advisory was extended into the land areas on the morning of November 29, at 0500 IST. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, declared a compensation of ₹20 lakh to the families of those who died and ₹5 lakh to those who were permanently disabled due to the cyclone. offers ₹41 lakh relief for damaged houses in Kanyakumari district", "Cyclone Ockhi: Kerala, Tamil Nadu announce relief measures for affected people as The cyclone has claimed 74 lives and affected 36,000 people in the two southern states", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cyclone_Ockhi&oldid=993534930, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.  In Goa, beach shacks were hit by high tides caused by Cyclone Ockhi. The cyclones are given names to enable ease of communication and to differentiate one natural phenomenon from the other. The cloudy and chilly weather also affected people and crops. Find mobile-friendly version of articles from the day's newspaper in one easy-to-read list. In Bardez taluka, only soil erosion at Anjuna and Baga Beaches and damage to a retaining wall at Coco Beach in Nerul were reported. The previous storm Mora that caused severe flooding across Northeast India in May was named by Thailand. The names suggested by India are: Agni, Akash, Bijli, Jal, Lehar, Megh, Sagar, and Vayu.  A government release quoted 1,687 houses had been damaged completely while 2,814 houses had suffered partial damage. As Ockhi became embedded within a deep mid-latitude trough, the storm rapidly underwent an extratropical transition.  The Government of Maharashtra announced a holiday on December 5 for schools in the MMR and in some other selective districts, for safety purposes.  Close to 12 boats, housing 138 fishermen in total, arrived at Kalpeni, while four other boats arrived at Androth, Kithan and Chatlet, all of which were in Lakshadweep. Countries have suggested eight names for the 13 member countries one-stop-shop for seeing the updates. 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