Ockhi caused at least 245 fatalities, including 218 in India[6] and 27 in Sri Lanka,[7] and the storm left at least 550 people missing, mainly fishermen. [37], 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. [56] Unseasonal rain and inclement weather in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi had severely impacted grape farms in Maharashtra. [15] Soon afterwards, Ockhi intensified further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. So, why did Bangladesh give it the name? [23], 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. The name of the cyclone in the world is given by the Member countries of different Meteorological departments and Organization all over the world. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. Bangladesh named the cyclone as it was their turn. [14] The storm tracked westwards and intensified further into a Severe Cyclone Storm early on December 1. 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). limped back to normal, Lakshadweep islands await relief", "Navy Dispatches Relief To Ockhi Cyclone-Hit Lakshadweep as Navy ships carried the relief material to the island of Minicoy on Sunday and the Kavaratti and Kalpeni islands yesterday", "Cyclone Ocki: T.N. The list of names adopted earlier in 2004 is given Annexure-II. The devastating cyclones are named by eight countries surrounding the Indian ocean. 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 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.[66]. Bangladesh also named Cyclone Ockhi that caused severe damages in Kerala. It was a name given to the cyclone by the Bangladesh. Find mobile-friendly version of articles from the day's newspaper in one easy-to-read list. How countries select names. [13] Owing to highly favorable conditions, the storm displayed a thick convective ring, surrounding a well-defined eye feature on the same day. [50] The Indian Navy and Coast Guard searched for stranded fishermen in the coastal areas of Lakshadweep. [67] Fishermen and their families protested and did not allow Vijayan's car to pass through during his visit of Vizhinjam, a fishing village near Thiruvananthapuram. Ockhi, meaning 'eye', is a Bengali name given by Bangladesh. 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. This cyclone was named by Pakistan. It was reported that dry provisions and ready to eat meals were also being transported to Bitra Island by helicopter from Dweeprakshak base in the island of Kavaratti. The IMD upgraded … a cargo boat off Cinamon Dhonveli island in Kaafu Atoll (3 rescued). [62] The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, claimed that 400 stranded fishermen were rescued. The last cyclone was named by Bangladesh - "Fani" which means snake. [60][61] A parliamentary debate held on the same day saw the government pledge to upgrade the country's meteorological department with an automated network of rain gauges, and announce state compensation for damaged housing and businesses, as well as for domestic appliances damaged by the cyclone or resultant effects, and compensation for lives lost. [33], 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. 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. Also, at the same time two or more cyclones can occur at the same place at the same time. [2] 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. A select list of articles that match your interests and tastes. Ockhi is a Bengali name meaning eye. | The News Deck Latest The next tropical cyclone over Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea will be known as “Amphan” ( a Thai name… For cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, the naming system was agreed by eight member countries of a group called WMO/ESCAP and took effect in 2004. 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Ockhi is a Bengali word which means ‘the eye’. These 8 countries have suggested 8 names each. Each Tropical Cyclone basin in the world has its own rotating list of names. [67] The complaint was that in the matter of Ockhi and the natural calamity that followed, the Centre had a different attitude. As Ockhi became embedded within a deep mid-latitude trough, the storm rapidly underwent an extratropical transition. In 2017, Cyclone Ockhi which damaged Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu was named by Bangladesh. The three major islands of Lakshadweep—Minicoy, Kalpeni, and Kavaratti—suffered major damages. One name from each country is picked in an order to name the Cyclones. Chief Minister of Kerala complained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he had a negligent attitude towards states ruled by the Left. Its name was given by Thailand. [51] The coastal areas of Ernakulam District, in Kerala, were affected by the cyclone. [2], While near Kanyakumari in mainland India, Ockhi changed course and intensified while heading towards Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea. A one-stop-shop for seeing the latest updates, and managing your preferences. In 2017, Cyclone Ockhi caused severe damage in Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu. Authorities conducted rescue operations that attempted to locate the missing people in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep. [200], 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. [22] 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. Nearly 100 houses, mostly in Puthenthode and Bazaar, were vacated and schools were used as rehabilitation centres. [2][9] The disturbance was located within an area of warm sea surface temperatures and moderate to strong vertical wind shear, with atmospheric convection scattered around the disturbance's ill-defined low-level circulation center. *Our Digital Subscription plans do not currently include the e-paper, crossword and print. [65] The government asked for a relief of ₹9,302 crore (US$1.44 billion). As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. 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. 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 cloudy and chilly weather also affected people and crops. Subscribe to The Hindu now and get unlimited access. Though it rapidly weakened during its final stages over the Arabian Sea, it caused heavy rainfall along the western coast of India, particularly in Maharashtra and Gujarat. [59], 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. The cyclones are given names to enable ease of communication and to differentiate one natural phenomenon from the other. A desalination plant at Kavaratti was also damaged. As a subscriber, you are not only a beneficiary of our work but also its enabler. Mora is the name of one of the healing stones and also means star of the sea. Last year Cyclone Titli hit Andhra Pradesh and parts of Odisha. Tropical Cyclones and Hurricanes – Ockhi Edappadi K. Palaniswami encouraged Rajnath Singh to involve the Navy and Coast Guard in search operations. The Hindu has always stood for journalism that is in the public interest. 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. 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. 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. Damage throughout Kerala was initially estimated at Rs 1843 crore (US$285.7 million). Cyclone Ockhi is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall over south Tamil Nadu. Almost 50 shacks in the Morjim, Mandrem, Arambol and Querim Beaches in Pernem taluka were damaged. It has helped us keep apace with events and happenings. Names are decided well in advance and as in when cyclone occurs, names are given … a cargo boat off Taj Coral Reef in Kaafu Atoll 20195 (3 rescued). [22] 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. Around 2,648 people were evacuated to seven shelters over by Kochi. 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. All the cyclones are given names so to identify them. Based on suggestions from countries, the group finalised a list of 64 names in 2004 -- eight names from each country. Fact Check: How Cyclone Fani got its name, why the next one will be Vayu Cyclone Fani in Odisha: The first cyclone after the list was adopted was given the name in the first row of the first column — Onil, proposed by Bangladesh. [40] 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. 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. a speedboat off Maaungoodhoo island in Shaviyani Atoll (13 rescued). Cyclone Ockhi near peak intensity west of, Last edited on 11 December 2020, at 03:17, "Cyclone Ockhi: the story behind the name...", Very Severe Cyclonic Storm "Ockhi" over Bay of Bengal (29 November – 06 December 2017): A Report, "Cyclone Ockhi: rains hit Lakshadweep islands, damage houses, uproot trees", "Cyclone Ockhi dissipates, Gujarat spared", "Church to take legal action over Indian cyclone tragedy", "Will Sri Lanka turn to SMS storm warnings after 'night from hell'? 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. [67] The Centre inquired with Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister about the situation but did not inquire about Kerala. 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). 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. Cyclone Ockhi is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall over south Tamil Nadu during the next 36 hours. The Cyclone Titli, that hit Andhra and some parts of Odisha last year was named by Pakistan. 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. Each member suggested 13 names this year making up a total of 169 names for the cyclones. [46][47][48] The WMO/ESCAP expanded to include five more countries in 2018 — Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. [58], In Gujarat, parts of southern region received significant rains, with the highest rainfall in Umargam of 90 mm, causing damage to vegetables and banana crops. [28], 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. Falling trees and damage to power transmission lines resulted in power outages in affected areas, with Matara, Galle and Ambalangoda among the worst affected. 180 families in Chellanam, 17 in Kannamaly and 18 in Edavanakad were moved to these centres, where food and medicine was available. 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 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. In final volume of his autobiography, The Presidential Years, formally released on Tuesday, he asserts that he couldn't be “neutral between stability and instability”. Bangladesh also named Ockhi cyclone which ravaged the southern coast in December, 2017. Cyclones ‘Fani’ (snake’s hood) and ‘Ockhi’ (eye), which ravaged the southern coast in December 2017, were named by Bangladesh, but ‘Vayu’ was suggested by … Titli was given by Pakistan, Gaja by Sri Lanka and Ockhi, again, by Bangladesh. govt. The current list has a total of 169 names including 13 names each from 13 WMO/ESCAP member countries. [42] 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. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. 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. [25][45] 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. Before that, there were cyclones Hudhud in 2014, Ockhi in 2017 and Titli and Gaja in 2018. Printable version | Jan 12, 2021 5:54:23 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/how-cyclone-ockhi-got-its-name/article21218647.ece. 170 million for relief to weather affected", "JO faults govt. [53] The cyclone went on to hit the Lakshadweep islands on December 2. The name ‘Vayu’ was suggested by India. People were provided with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief by the Indian Navy in Lakshadweep. It’s a support for truth and fairness in journalism. The name was given by Bangladesh. A series of advisories were issued during this period, until the effect of the cyclone lessened over the island. More than 400 people were rescued and evacuated, and few cadavers were found. The navy transported relief material to Minicoy, Kavaratti, and Kalpeni on Sunday. The name Ockhi was given by Bangladesh which in Bengali means ‘eye’. 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? Several cyclonic storms have been named by these countries which include Phailin, Hudhud, Nilofar. [5] 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. The next cyclone, whenever it originates, will be named ‘Vayu’, suggested by India. 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. Lakshadweep experienced massive coastal erosion, power disruption, extensive damage to property and water shortages. [24][25] It issued a Yellow Alert warning on November 30 for the area between Haa Alif Atoll and Kaafu Atoll, between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm on December 1, later extending this warning to 8:00 pm. Though it turned to northeast and headed towards the Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea, it caused havoc and destruction in the southernmost districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, particularly the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu and the Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. Enjoy reading as many articles as you wish without any limitations. [2] The storm organized into a Depression off southeast coast of Sri Lanka on November 29, causing damage to property and life in Sri Lanka while passing by. [4] 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. Of the 64 names suggested by these eight countries, 57 have been utilised. This page was last edited on 11 December 2020, at 03:17. [55] In Goa, beach shacks were hit by high tides caused by Cyclone Ockhi. [25], As of December 3, houses across 62 islands in the Maldives had been damaged by the fringe effects of Ockhi; 36 islands had experienced rain-induced floods while a further 4 had been inundated by storm tides. The previous storm Mora that caused severe flooding across Northeast India in May was named by Thailand. [54] The cyclone then moved away from Lakshadweep towards the western coast of India on December 4, bringing rare December rainfall to Mumbai and nearby. [52] The cyclone claimed five lives in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu on November 30, caused by falling trees. [11] The IMD followed suit, upgrading the storm to a Deep Depression, and soon afterwards to Cyclonic Storm Ockhi. Colomboand its suburbs, along with the southwestern and western coastal regions, were also … [39] Due to the poor visibility caused by rain and attendant wind, BIA was prompted to divert two SriLankan Airlines flights to Mattala early on November 30. [24][41], 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. [68] 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. The name was contributed by Bangladesh which means “eye”. The word means 'eye' in Bengali. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the United Nations … The Centre Government reported that 39 people had died and 167 were missing, after the cyclone hit parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The names given by India are Agni, Akash, Bijli, Jal, Lehar, Megh, Sagar and Vayu. The name 'Ockhi' was given by Bangladesh. [17] 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 government claimed the relief material would last for a week for 2,000 people. 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