The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted that the low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal would become well marked by March 20 and turn into a cyclonic storm on March 21.

Andaman and Nicobar MP Kuldeep Rai has urged the lieutenant governor to power up the islands’ disaster-prevention machinery as Cyclone Asani swells in the Bay of Bengal, the Press Trust of India reported. Rai has also requested Admiral (Retd) DK Joshi to announce a holiday in schools and universities on March 19 and 21.

The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast that the low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal will clear by March 20 and turn into a cyclone on March 21. Bangladesh and Northern Myanmar on March 22.

The Met department has also advised fishermen not to venture into the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal during this time.

Citing the warning, Rai suggested in a letter to the lieutenant governor that all tourism activities in the archipelago be suspended from March 19-22 as a precautionary measure.

If the Met department’s forecast comes true, the cyclone is likely to wreak havoc on the Union Territory, Rai said in the letter. As a result, he urged the islands’ disaster management machines to be on alert. He has also sought to deploy enough officials in the outlying islands to manage the situation.

Rai also requested the lieutenant governor to ensure effective dissemination of weather information among the people.

The storm could be the first cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal in March since 2000, Met department data suggest. Weather bureau officials told The Indian Express that cyclones were not rare in March. Climatically, there have been eight cyclone disturbances recorded by the Met department between 1891 and 2021, in March 1907, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1938, 1994, 2000 and 2018, either in the Arabian Sea or the Bay of Bengal.

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