Cyclone Rose: Here’s How It Got Its Name

Cyclone Gulab will be the second cyclonic storm to hit Odisha in four months

Some parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have been put on alert with Cyclone Gulab making landfall by this evening. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm is expected to make landfall between Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. IMD has warned that wind speed up to 95 kmph is expected. But have you wondered how the cyclone got its name? Cyclone ‘Gulaab’ was named by Pakistan. The word rose refers to a rose in English. According to an official notification by the IMD, it is to be pronounced as “Gul-Aab”

The name Rose is from a list of cyclone names that is maintained by the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (WMO/ESCAP) Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC). The panel includes 13 countries, namely India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Maldives, Oman, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, to name cyclones in the region.

The names are chosen keeping in mind that they are easy to use and have no inflammatory connotations. As per the guidelines, names should be neutral to politics, political figures, religious beliefs, cultures and gender.

Amphan, the cyclone that hit India in May 2020, was the last name in the list developed in 2004. With eight countries, the group finalized 64 names, with each country holding eight.

The group included five more countries in 2018 and the list expanded. There are 13 suggested names in each of the 13 countries, with 169 names of cyclones in the list. Cyclone Tauta, which hit the Gujarat coast in May this year, was taken from this list and suggested by Myanmar.

With regard to Cyclone Gulab, as of 8.43 am on Sunday, the IMD said that the cyclone lies 270 km east-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and 330 km east of Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

Thirteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Odisha and five in Andhra Pradesh, Satya Narayan Pradhan, director general of the relief force, was quoted as saying. As a precaution, train services on the East Coast have been cancelled, diverted or rescheduled.

After Cyclone Yas, Cyclone Gulab will be the second cyclonic storm to hit Odisha in four months. Yas was given its name by Oman.

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