Cyclone Mocha Likely To Intensify Into An Extremely Severe Storm; IMD Issues Warning

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New Delhi, 13th May 2023: According to reports, when Cyclone Mocha approaches Bangladesh and Myanmar on Sunday (May 14), it may strengthen into a catastrophic cyclonic storm.

Currently, the storm is 600 km to the east of Chennai over the Bay of Bengal. It is traveling at a 15 kph west-northwest speed, according to a report in India Today.

To lessen Cyclone Mocha’s impact, the governments of India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar are taking action. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) of India has sent ten teams to the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. These teams will be in charge of conducting rescue operations and offering assistance to storm victims.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) tweeted, “VSCS “Mocha” intensified into an ESCS over Eastcentral BoB at 2330 IST located near latitude 15.1°N and longitude 88.8°E, about 700 km southwest of Sittwe (Myanmar). To cross SE Bangladesh and N Myanmar coasts bet Cox’s Bazar and Kyaukpyu around noon of 14th May as VSCS.”

Additionally, the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar have sent out their emergency response teams. They are working to feed and shelter people who have been evacuated from low-lying areas.

The impacted areas’ residents are asked to exercise caution. If they reside in low-lying locations, they are urged to stay inside, refrain from traveling, and relocate to a higher location.

Fishermen have also been urged by the IMD to avoid the sea.