India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Thursday, said that the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Mocha’ and lay centered about 510 km west-southwest of Port Blair, 1210 km south-southwest of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. IMD has predicted that it is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by midnight today.
Sanjib Banerjee, Deputy Director General IMD, Kolkata said that Cyclone Mocha is not likely to have much impact in Bengal. The landfall of the cyclone will be between Bangladesh and Myanmar, ANI reported.
According to IMD, rainfall is likely at most places of Andaman and Nicobar Islands with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places. India’s northeast is expected to record heavy rainfall during the weekend due to the impact of Mocha. Tripura and Mizoram are expected to record heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 13 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 14. While, Nagaland, Manipur and South Assam will also record heavy rain on Sunday.
IMD said that Cyclone Mocha over Bay of Bengal will not have any impact on Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast. IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said,” Met department has not issued any kind of warning for Odisha regarding wind speed or rainfall. The cyclone will move towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coasts, so there will be no impact on Odisha. However, the conditions will be very rough in the deep sea, reported All India Radio News.
Meanwhile, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration has alerted people as the cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal was likely intensify from late Tuesday night. A well-marked low-pressure area now lies over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea.