Cyclone Mocha intensifies

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that Cyclone Mocha, which is forming over the Bay of Bengal, is likely to intensify into a very severe storm by May 12. A low-pressure area has already formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining the South Andaman Sea, prompting the IMD to put eastern states, including Odisha, Andaman, and West Bengal, on high alert.

As Cyclone Mocha approaches, it is essential to stay updated on its progress. According to the weather department, the storm is expected to intensify into a depression on May 9 and turn into a cyclone on May 10. It is then expected to move towards the Bangladesh and Myanmar coasts around May 12.

The potential severity of the cyclone has prompted the IMD to issue advisories and warnings to people in the affected areas. The government has also taken measures to prepare for the potential impact of the storm. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed several teams to the affected areas to assist with evacuation and rescue operations.

This warning urged fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea during this period, and residents in the affected areas have been advised to stay indoors and take necessary precautions. The authorities have also instructed people living in low-lying areas to move to safer locations.

The potential impact of Cyclone Mocha could compound the challenges faced by the country, which has already been struggling with overwhelmed healthcare systems, shortages of medical supplies, and rising death tolls.

The cyclone season in the Bay of Bengal typically runs from April to December, with the peak season occurring between October and November. Cyclones in the region can cause widespread damage, including high winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges. The IMD continues to closely monitor the progress of Cyclone Mocha and provide updates as necessary.