IMD releases new list of cyclone names

News:The India Meteorological Department (IMD) released a new list of names of tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean.


  • The World Meteorological Organization maintains rotating lists of names which are appropriate for each Tropical Cyclone basin.
  • The naming of the tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean basin started in 2004.
  • The Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) of Tropical Cyclones in  New Delhi is responsible for naming the cyclones in the northern Indian ocean region. 
  • The eight countries along the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea suggest names that are sequentially listed. The nations suggest names alphabetically – Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Significance of naming cyclones:

  • It helps in the quick identification of storms in warning messages
  • Names are presumed to be far easier to remember than numbers and technical terms. 
  • Giving names to storms makes it easier for the media to report on tropical cyclones,
  • heightens interest in warnings and increases community preparedness