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Typhoon Rai

  • 28 Dec 2021
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The official death toll of Typhoon Rai (locally named Odette) which hit parts of the Philippines in mid-December, was raised to 388.

  • Rai is the strongest storm to hit the disaster-prone archipelago this year (2021).

Key Points

  • Typhoons are a kind of storm. The storms, depending on where they occur, may be called hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones.
    • Typhoons: In the China Sea and Pacific Ocean.
    • Hurricanes: In the West Indian islands in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
    • Tornados: In the Guinea lands of West Africa and southern USA.
    • Willy-willies: In north-western Australia and
    • Tropical Cyclones: In the Indian Ocean Region.
  • The scientific name for all these kinds of storms is tropical cyclones.
    • Tropical cyclones are intense circular storms that originate over the warm tropical oceans with speed more than 119 kilometres per hour and heavy rains.
    • Tropical cyclones rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • The Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) Tokyo - Typhoon Centre assigns a typhoon a name. The name ‘Rai’ is contributed by Micronesia.

Source: IE

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