Details and Updates about Roanu Cyclone

Roanu cyclone is the first tropical cyclone of the annual cyclone season. Deadly Cyclone Roanu brought a major flood risk to northeastern India and Bangladesh as it slams onshore during the first half of the weekend. It originated from a low pressure area that formed south of Sri Lanka. It gradually drifted north and intensified into a cyclonic storm. Let’s know more updates and details about this cyclone.


It was classified as a depression by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on 17 May 2016. On 19 May it was classified as a severe cyclonic storm. It brought huge damage in Sri Lanka resulting in death of at least 58 persons.

In India it mainly affected Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. It also brought heavy rains in West Bengal. Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Kakinada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam (all Andhra Pradesh) received huge rains due to Roanu.

Ronau Cyclone is moving at a speed of 25 km per hour

– Under the influence of the Ronau cyclone, heavy rains continued in parts of coastal Andhra for a third day consecutive day on Friday, lashing Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts.

– Ronau cyclone is expected to cause damage to thatched huts, minor damage to power and communication lines due to breaking of branches and major damage to kuccha and minor damage to pucca roads over coastal Odisha.

– Bangladesh has been one of the worst victims of nature’s fury in recent years. More than 3,000 people were killed by cyclone Sidr in 2007 and around 200 lives were lost to cyclone Aila in 2009. Read about Ashobaa Cyclone.

– Besides opening of control rooms in all the districts, the collectors have been told to activate satellite phones for smooth communication.

– The most damaging aspect of a Ronau cyclone is the accompanying storm surge. The equivalent of a mini-tsunami, a storm surge follows the cyclone onto the coast. Such a wall of water is unstoppable and causes widespread flooding and damage.

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