Asani meant “wrath” in Sinhalese and was named by Sri Lanka.The first thing that strikes the minds whenever a cyclone hits a country is what these names mean? On Sunday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) notified that cyclonic storm ‘Asani’ is more likely to move northwestwards. It will further intensify to a severe cyclonic storm over the east-central Bay of Bengal during the next 24 hours. According to Umashankar Das, Senior Scientist, IMD- “The deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm. It has been named ‘Asani’ that is moving at a speed of 16kmph in northwest direction. It is in southeast direction 970 km from Vishakapatnam & 1020 km in southeast direction from Puri,”.
Formed in the Bay of Bengal-Cyclone Asani, it is likely to come near the coast of Andhra Pradesh Wednesday. However, it is unlikely to make landfall. By tonight it could slowly recurve north-northeastwards and move along Narsapur, Yanam, Kakinada, Tuni and Visakhapatnam coasts and emerge into the west-central Bay of Bengal. This ‘severe cyclonic storm is expected to gradually weaken into a ‘cyclonic storm’ today and then into a depression by Thursday morning.
As per the India Meteorological Department’s latest update, Cyclone Asani lies about 30 km southeast of Machilipatnam and 50 km southwest of Narsapur. Parts of Andhra received are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall, heavy to hefty rain at a few places, and isolated big falls in areas along the coast. A ‘red alert’ has been issued for districts in coastal Andhra, including Guntur and Krishna. Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Godavari districts have been placed on ‘yellow’ alert. Meanwhile, isolated places in Odisha and West Bengal are likely to receive heavy rainfall.
Early morning, a strange-looking gold colour-coated chariot came afloat to the Bay of Bengal coast near Santabommali in this north coastal Andhra district, leaving the locals in awe. The sea is currently rough because of the cyclonic storm Asani, which possibly caused the chariot to float adrift. The Collector of Andhra’s Krishna district, Ranjith Bhasha, has warned people not to venture into the sea as heavy rain is expected due to Cyclone Asani. “Cyclone is going to hit between Vishakapatnam and Kakinada. Heavy rains are expected. Wind speeds can go up to 80kmph. People in low-lying areas are alerted. All are advised to not go to sea. Control rooms have been set up in the collectorate, RTO offices and Mandal offices,” Ranjith Bhasha, the district collector, said.
Moreover, the government extended all possible help to people affected by cyclonic storm ‘Asani’.