Sunday, July 14, 2024

The Cyclone Moving Towards Pakistan and India Was Named ‘Bapar Joy’

‘Bapar Joy,’ the cyclone moving towards the coasts of Pakistan and India, has been named. The cyclone has been moving north for the past 12 hours, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, and is 600 kilometers south of Karachi and 580 kilometers south of Thatta.

Baper Joy has a forward speed of 9 to 10 kmph and a wind speed of 150 to 200 kmph. The center of the ocean has wave heights of 35 to 40 feet. For several days, this storm has been moving north. If the experts are correct, it will move northward for the next 24 hours before turning northeast and hitting Thatta, Badin, Sajawal, and the Indian state of Gujarat.

Meteorologists predict that this system will bring heavy rains to Sindh and start pre-monsoon rains in Punjab. According to the Meteorological Department, the cyclone will move north by June 14 and will cross southeast Sindh and Indian Gujarat on the afternoon of June 15. The cyclone is expected to make landfall between Kati Bandar and Indian Gujarat on June 15.

Why was the storm given the name Bipper Joy?

Bipar Joy is the second cyclone to form in the Arabian Sea in 2023, following Cyclone ‘Mocha’, which hit Bangladesh. After initially gathering strength in the Arabian Sea for the past several days, Bipper Joy finally turned into a cyclone on June 6, which was named as ‘Bipper Joy’. Bangladesh proposed the name ‘disaster’ for this cyclone. Typhoons are named in accordance with a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) convention designed to differentiate multiple typhoons that form in the same location.

Under the same goal, six Regional Specialized Meteorological Centers and five Regional Tropical Storm Warning Centers have been given the authority to name storms and issue advisories about them around the world. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is designated as the Regional Storm Meteorological Centre and is in charge of naming storms that form near the South and South-Eastern countries. It consists of 13 countries: India, Bangladesh, Iran, Myanmar, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the UAE, and Yemen.

The IMD compiled a list of 169 names for cyclones in April 2020, with 13 proposed by each country. These names were then divided into 13 lists, with each list containing at least one name recommended by the aforementioned countries. The names of the storms were then gradually given from these lists, and when one list’s names were exhausted, names from the other list were given. In English, these names are listed alphabetically. These names only apply to cyclones that form in the Indian and South Pacific oceans. The first list of names has been exhausted by the arrival of Cyclone Baparjoy, and this is the first name on Bangladesh’s proposed second list.

Nasarga, Gati, Newar, Borevi, Tak Tai, Yas, Gulab, Shaheen, Jawad, Asani, Sitrang, Mandos, and Mocha are the only cyclones on the list that have already passed.

How long does it take to name a storm?

After a hurricane makes landfall, the proposed name is retired, not to be used for another incoming storm, and the next name on the list is chosen for a new storm, according to WMO guidelines.

What are the requirements for submitting a name suggestion?

Any country’s proposed name must be neutral, according to universal rules and regulations. These names should not include politics, political leaders, religious beliefs, culture, religious symbols, or gender, and they should emphasize the element of water.

Mehjabeen Qasim
Mehjabeen Qasim
Business Journalist at Startup Pakistan

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