A group of international experts on tropical cyclones in the Indian ocean met this week in Le Redult, Mauritius, to discuss this recurrent threat to life and property in the area.
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Background: A group of international experts on tropical cyclones in the Indian ocean met this week in Le Redult, Mauritius, to discuss this recurrent threat to life and property in the area.
Cyclones, known elsewhere in the world as typhoons or hurricanes, develop out of intensifying areas of low pressure. Mauritius is often affected by violent cyclones, and when the southwest monsoon is blowing, the Bay of Bengal is an especially fertile spawning-ground for these barometric 'lows'. The Conference in Mauritius was organised by the World Meteorological Organisation.
SYNOPSIS: The Director of the Mauritius Meteorological services made the opening address on Friday (10 December) at a meeting of experts on tropical cyclones in the Indian ocean, held in Le Reduit, Mauritius. Preparing counter-measures to cyclones, known elsewhere in the world as typhoons or hurricanes, was the main topic for discussion.
One speaker, Mauritian Minister of Communications Mr. Raymond Rault paid tribute to the work performed in the Indian Ocean area by the Mauritian Meteorological Services, a leading organisation of the kind in the area. He said he was also glad to note that the World Meteorological Organisation was working on a scheme to reduce the violence of cyclones hitting Mauritius. Another area almost certain to be discussed was the Ganges delta area in East Pakistan. In November 1970 at least 200,000 people died in a tidal wave driven by cyclonic winds. Thousands more died in November this year when another wave struck the Indian coastal state of Orissa.
The Would Organisation, which is sponsoring the Conference, was represented by Dr. Langlo, its Deputy Secretary-General. In his speech he gave special mention to specialised agencies of the Organisation, which run major projects such as the World Weather Watch, training programmes, and research.