Topic– Important Geophysical phenomena
3) Explain how cyclones are formed and what happens after they hit land? Explain what is rare about Cyclone Titli?(250 words)
Why this question
The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia, a 45-nation international organisation on disaster warning, has termed ‘Titli’, the severe cyclonic storm that devastated Odisha in October, as ‘rarest cyclone’. This provides us an opportunity to revisit our concepts related to cyclones and what makes titli such a rare cyclone.
Key demand of the question
The first part of the question is quite straightforward and can be answered using basic concepts of cyclones. The second part can be answered after going through the article.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain what cyclones are
Body – explain how cyclones are formed and what happens after their hit land. Thereafter explain what makes titli a rare cyclone. Titli cyclone is the rarest of rare in terms of its characteristics such as recurvature after landfall and retaining its destructive potential after landfall and recurvature away from the coastal areas for more than two days
Conclusion – mention the need for a detailed risk assessment in light of these facts.