What is Hudhud ? How Cyclones Get Their Names. Now India is stimulating up for the cyclone Hudhud, which is reached today on Vizag in the Bay Of Bengal, it is interesting to note that the name itself was proposed by Oman.
Hudhud in Arabic refers to the hoopoe bird and in a regional arrangement between 8 nations – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Sri Lanka and Thailand, cyclones are named as per a list of 64 names shortlisted already.
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Countries get their turn in alphabetical order and after Oman its Pakistan’s turn to name the next cyclone. It will be called Nilofar, as per the list. In fact, other names Pakistan suggested are Bulbul and Tatli. Indian names in the list are Megh, Sagar and Vayu.
Hurricanes and tropical cyclones in the West have had their own names since 1953, as per a convention by Miami’s National Hurricane Centre and maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a Geneva-based agency of the United Nations.
However, culturally diverse South Asia and the Middle East embraced this late and with care, so that the naming satisfies everyone and offends no one. So in 2004 they grouped together and evolved a mechanism to name the tropical cyclones.
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Sri Lanka and Thailand by now decided 64 names, each contributing eight names. They meet every year and replenish the list for upcoming cyclones.