The Northeast Bay of Bengal is currently under the influence of a cyclonic storm named “Midhili,” causing widespread concern and disruptions in the region. Government authorities in several northeastern states have issued alerts following substantial rainfall, and the impact of the storm has been felt across various areas, affecting not only daily life but also cultural events.
- The cyclonic storm, initially a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, has escalated into a significant weather event
- Mizoram, Tripura, and Assam have experienced varying levels of rainfall, leading to disruptions in the Meghalaya Cherry Blossom Festival on its inaugural day.
- The adverse weather conditions have prompted government authorities to issue alerts and take precautionary measures.
Trajectory and Landfall
- According to reports from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclonic Storm “Midhili” is expected to follow a north-northeastward trajectory.
- The landfall is anticipated near Khepupara, Bangladesh, with winds reaching speeds of 60-70 kilometers per hour (kmph) and gusts up to 80 kmph on the evening and night of November 17, 2023.
- The IMD’s bulletin notes the storm’s weakening into a Depression over Tripura and adjoining Bangladesh.
Impact and Disruptions
- The adverse weather conditions have impacted various regions, with disruptions in festivals, events, and daily life.
- The Cherry Blossom Festival in Meghalaya faced interruptions due to the storm, while regions like Mizoram, Tripura, and Assam experienced diverse levels of rainfall.
- As a precautionary measure, fishermen have been strongly advised against venturing into the sea, considering the expected storm surge reaching up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) in height along the coastal regions of Bangladesh.
- Residents in low-lying areas have been urged to evacuate to elevated grounds for their safety.
- The IMD has predicted substantial rainfall in the affected regions, with Aizawl district in Mizoram expected to receive 51 mm between November 17 and 18.
- Other districts, including Champhai, Kolasib, Lawngtlai, and Mamit, are also forecasted to experience heavy rainfall.
- In Tripura, a red alert has been issued in four districts due to moderate rainfall caused by the cyclonic storm.
- The Maldives has assigned the name “Midhili” to this weather event, reflecting the collaborative effort in tracking and naming cyclones in the region.
- Government authorities in various states, including West Bengal, have issued warnings to residents regarding the impending arrival of Cyclone Midhili.
- The Purba Medinipur district administration in West Bengal, in particular, has raised concerns about the storm’s impact.