Strong cyclone Amphan forming in Bay

Strong cyclone "Amphan" forming in Bay


Published: 11:26 24 April 2020   Updated: 12:52 2 May 2020

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A strong cyclone has been forming in the Bay of Bengal. It can strike in late April or early May. But how strong the cyclone will be or where it will hit; that could not be known yet. 

The Indian Meteorological Office said in a bulletin on Thursday that a cyclone is likely to form in the southeastern Bay of Bengal adjacent to the Andaman Sea in early May. Initially, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be affected by the storm. The path of the cyclone will be known in a few days.

Meanwhile, the Myanmar Meteorological Department has also predicted that a low-pressure area likely to form over the Bay of Bengal in last week of April. Later, the depression may take the form of a cyclone named "Amphan". The name, given by Thailand, is the last name on the current list of cyclones.

According to the Indian media, the cyclones that formed in April is less likely to move towards the mainland of India. No cyclone in April since 1891 has hit West Bengal. And only four cyclones had struck on the east coast of India. The destinations of the remaining 24 cyclones were Bangladesh or Myanmar.