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Old 27th May 2009, 09:49   #1
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Default Cycle Aila coming back to haunt as, Cyclone Laila

I hope all our Kolkata and West Bengal members are fine. I was reading the aftermath of the cyclone and it was pretty scary. I believe the main damage was done by uprooted and fallen trees.

Hope things come back to normal soon.

PS: Who in the world though of such a name - 'Aila' !!! Sorry to say, but the name sounds quite amusing, unfortunately the effects were not.
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Old 27th May 2009, 09:56   #2
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I was seeing the news coverage on TV where uprooted trees and electric poles fallen down and some crushed cars was a sad scene.Gales winds at 120kms seem to have done the damage.
I believe Aila was predicted but what the weather bureau missed out was the intesnisty.
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Old 27th May 2009, 10:23   #3
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Countries take turns naming hurricanes

The name ‘Aila’ for the fierce cyclone that battered Bangladesh and coastal West Bengal was given by Maldives. The next cyclone to hit countries in the north Indian Ocean will be called ‘Phyan’—a name given by Myanmar.

A cyclone that hit India and its neighbourhood between April 14 to 17 this year was called ‘Bijli’. The name was given by India.
Cyclones derive their names through a systematic procedure laid out by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
“It’s better to give an identity to the cyclones, as the main purpose of naming a cyclone is basically for the people to easily understand and remember it in a region and to facilitate tropical cyclone disaster risk awareness, preparedness, management and reduction,” D Chakraborthi, Additional Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD), said.
Eight north Indian Ocean countries—Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand—have prepared a list of 64 names. When a hurricane hits these countries, the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre picks up the name next on the list. The RSMC was set up in Delhi by the WMO for forecasting tropical cyclones in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. “The names selected are those that are familiar to the people in each region,” Chakraborthi said.
Since 2004, the eight countries have faced 19 cyclones. The countries take turns in naming the cyclones.
The practice of naming cyclones began as early as the 19th century in Australia where cyclones were named after corrupt politicians. It soon caught on in other countries, and met officials in some countries began naming cyclones after their former girlfriends or divorced wives. In the north Indian Ocean countries the naming of cyclones began in September 2004 following a meeting of the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones in 2000.

How cyclone gets its name
*The name ‘Aila’ for the cyclone that battered West Bengal was given by Maldives
*The next cyclone to hit north Indian Ocean will be called ‘Phyan’, by Myanmar
*The cyclone that hit India and its neighbourhood in April this year was called
‘Bijli’, a name given by India
*Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand have
prepared a list of 64 names.
*Countries take turns in naming cyclones: Sidr (Oman), Nargis (Pakistan), Rashmi (Sri Lanka), Khai-Muk (Thailand), Nisha Bangladesh)

*The practice of naming cyclones started in the 19th century in Australia where they were named after corrupt politicians
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Aila means Fire in Maldivian dialect it is reported.

Most international predictions went awry in the final leg of the cyclone over sea. It was expected to remain a tropical depression (international nomenclature) but became a CAT 1 tropical storm at about 100 kms off Kolkata in the sea. Thus no time for further precautions to be taken. Also the low lying area of Sunderbans makes it a perfect spot for a cyclone on a rampage to enter land !!

Infact Kolkata should have been shutdown for the whole day, but instead Kolkata flights were operated in the morning from Mumbai and diversions took place.
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I was actually very surprised to see that it reached almost till the foothills of Darjeeling. That is a long way inland. The ferocity of it would have been very scary. Btw, I think power and communications are still being restored in Kolkata.
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OT: well here in west Mumbai "Aila sachin" is quite famous!

Topic related: Hope every one is safe? Take care fellas!
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OT: I survived a recent scare of heavy rains and gushing winds in Hyderabad last week on Prasadz Imax road due to which you can barely see 1 feet ahead and those trees lined in middle of the road were dangerously swaying. It reminded me of a saying" Sitting Duck"

Thankfully, i came out unscathed and was one of the most dangerous 1km drive of my life.
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To be caught inside a car in blinding rain is itself claustrophobic and scary. Once had an experience on the Mumbai-Pune expressway when I drove into a thunderstorm with blinding rain. Had to put on the blinkers and park on the side.
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To be caught inside a car in blinding rain is itself claustrophobic and scary. Once had an experience on the Mumbai-Pune expressway when I drove into a thunderstorm with blinding rain. Had to put on the blinkers and park on the side.
But to be caught in the rain when on Motorbike is BLISS.

However, very said about the human tragedy that a cyclone like this brings along.

Just a reminder that for all his power, man is nothing.
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Old 27th May 2009, 17:54   #10
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News says that about 20-25 tigers, could have been displaced/lost when Aila forced almost 20ft water into sunderbans. More so, experts are worried that these tigers will anyway die not finding the prey.
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so far most are fine, but some parts of the kolkata suffered from water logging and blackouts. there were some cars floating around in a low lying area, namely an indigo, a sonata and an indica.

as of now things are coming back to normal, the uprooted trees are still being cut down as its difficult to carry out a tug or tow since its office week and the roads are jam packed as usual. electricity has been restored after angry residents staged road blockades complaining the slow repair work.

the funny part is that the day "aila" ravaged through the state people were praying for their safety and the next day there was sunshine and the weather was quite hot and humid. Thanks guys for your concerns for the people of bengal.
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Old 28th May 2009, 09:31   #12
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Good to hear that things are mostly fine. Having literally grown up in Kolkata (I still prefer to say Calcutta!), I do get a bit concerned when there is any adverse news from there.

Thanks for the update NOS.

I still remember the waterlogging on certain roads during monsoons. I can imagine the waterlevels after Aila!
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my Padmini was damaged - a small tree fell on the car. the Palio was also hit by some flying object (UFO???) - the paint on the roof is chipped off. :(

i will upload the pics later - even if its too late for this thread.
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Thumbs down Aveo R.I.P.

My car was parked in Dalhousie area where a lot of trees fell. In fact, I found a huge tree uprooted about 50 metres from where it was parked for the day! Luckily (Fingers firmly crossed) my car suffered no damage.

An office colleague was not so lucky. A gigantic tree fell on his (only 2 yr old) Aveo and literally broke the car into 2.

The car was parked in his building complex. Th tree was actually in the compound of the adjoining building. When it fell, it smashed through the wall, and the whole thing (tree + wall) killed the poor Aveo.

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That is severe.. I hope such damage is covered by insurance.
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