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What’s in a name? How Cyclone ‘Tauktae’ Was Nicknamed | India News

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NEW DELHI: Cyclone Tauktae on Sunday it escalated into a “very severe cyclonic storm” over the east-central Arabian Sea, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. It is very likely to intensify further over the next 12 hours, reaching the Gujarat coastline on May 17.
As a precautionary measure, rescue teams have been deployed in six states: Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Goa, which would probably be in direct line with the threat of the cyclone.
While the internet may be chock-full of cautionary notes, it also made many realize that many things go in one name. Cyclone Tauktae’s name (pronounced Tau’Te) originates from a Burmese word that translates to gecko, a “very vocal lizard.” The cyclone was named for the neighboring country Myanmar.

Cyclones are officially named after one of the World Meteorological Organizationwarning centers (WMOs) located around the world. The WMO / United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) includes 13 countries: India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Maldives, Oman, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Iran , Qatar. , Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
So are there any criteria when naming cyclones? While the name should ideally be short and understandable, an important factor is that it should not be insensitive.
But why name them in the first place? For the most part, the nomenclature helps to achieve clarity and avoid confusion in case there is more than one cyclone hitting the shoreline at the same time. In the long run, the inclusion of a name is also useful when it is necessary to mention a particular cyclone.



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