India is bracing for its second cyclone in May even as the severe Tauktae sprays the northwestern and central parts of the country with a final smattering of rain after weeks of lashing waves and violent storms along the Arabian Sea coast.
- Cyclone Yaas—named by Oman after the Jasmine tree—is likely to brew over the opposite side of the peninsula, with a low-pressure area having already formed over east-central Bay of Bengal and will then concentrate into a depression, according to the Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) briefing on 22 May 2021.
- Yaas is then likely to move north-northwestwards and strengthen into a severe cyclonic storm by May 24 and a very severe cyclone in the next 24 hours.
- The National Disaster Response Force has already deployed 65 teams in service of managing the weather event, with another 20 teams on standby.
- Cyclone Yaas is unlikely to rival last May’s super cyclone Amphan, which was also incidentally accompanied by cyclone Nisarga in the west, IMD meteorologists said.