Why the name laila is given to the cyclone
The name Laila which means dark-haired beauty or night in Persian was suggested by Pakistan to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) which is tasked by the World Meteorological Organisation to track and name cyclones in the northern Indian Ocean, an IMD official said.
The convention of naming cyclones was started by meteorologists for easy identification and analysis of storm systems and are now named as per the procedure laid down by the World Meteorological Organisation. Cyclones formed over the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea began to be named in 2004, he said.
IMD, as the Regional Specialised Meteorological Center, has the mandate to provide weather advisories to seven countries - Bangladesh, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Thailand and Sri Lanka besides India. It also asks these countries to suggest names for the cyclones, ...more