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Heavy rain, speed winds as cyclone Mocha hits coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar

Mocha Cyclone Due to the impact of this storm, heavy rains are taking place in the coastal areas of both the countries and strong winds are blowing. At some places the wind speed is up to 250 kilometers per hour.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Mocha cyclone has hit the Bay of Bengal on 13 May. Meteorologists and climate scientists said that this is the fastest cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal in the month of May after 1982. Its intensity was 260 kmph, which caused heavy damage along the coasts of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Earlier in the year 1997, a cyclone hit the Bay of Bengal at a speed of 212 km. At the same time, in the year 2020, the Amfan cyclone hit the Bay of Bengal at a speed of 265 km.

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At least three people were reported killed as the cyclone made landfall on a path designed to cross the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, home to nearly a million Rohingyas , who had fled neighboring Myanmar years earlier. Anticipating widespread destruction, security teams evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the National Oceanic and Mesoscale Meteorological Branch (RAMMB), the intensity of Moka cyclone was around 260 kmph. Researcher Vineet Kumar Singh said that Cyclone Moka is now the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the North Indian Ocean (including all seasons, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal), equal to the strength of Fani in the satellite era (since 1982). Is.

According to the JTWC, cyclones Fani, which made landfall in Odisha in 2019, and Moka recorded a wind speed of 277.8 kmph on Sunday, followed by Gonu over the Arabian Sea in 2007 and over the Bay of Bengal in 2020. The maximum intensity of Amphan was recorded at 268.54 kmph. Moka’s peak intensity was around 260 kmph, according to RAMMB, which also monitors storms.

The India Meteorological Office said Cyclone Moka’s peak intensity before it made landfall was around 240 kmph. According to the Meteorological Department data, it is one of the strongest cyclones to form the North Indian Ocean, compared to the super cyclone of 1999 (259.28 kmph), which hit the Odisha coast and as strong as cyclones Amphan, Kyarr and Gonu. Was. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned on Friday that Moka would cause a humanitarian crisis.

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