A Cyclone Leads To An Avalanche

Oct 19, 2014 By Deepa Gopal
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Typhoons, Cyclones, Hurricanes. All three of these words describe the same - furious tropical storms that impact the coastal regions of our world.

When the winds in a storm reach at least 74 miles an hour, it is called a “hurricane” in the Americas, a “cyclone” near the Indian peninsula, and a “typhoon” in the eastern Pacific.

One such cyclone - named HudHud, battered the eastern coast of India recently. It brought heavy rains, flooded coastal regions and damaged buildings. But the storm had another unexpected impact - more than a thousand miles away in the Himalayan mountain range. Hikers in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas were caught in a huge blizzard (snowstorm). At least 31 climbers have died in what is believed to be the deadliest disaster in the region.

How A Cyclone Became A Blizzard?

India has a very unique geography. The southern half of the country is a peninsula jutting into the Indian Ocean - the water on the east is enclosed by land on three sides to form a Bay. Known as the Bay of Bengal, this region is prone to devastating tropical storms. In fact, eight of the the ten deadliest cyclones in Asia have been in the Bay of Bengal.

Once the storm hit the Indian coast and traveled inland, it met the mighty wall of the Himalayas. In a matter of hours, six feet of snow fell in some regions, triggering an avalanche. October is usually a dry month and a favorable time for trekkers - so many inexperienced climbers were caught off guard. In addition to trekkers, many yak herders and locals are listed as missing. 

The Annapurna Range

The Annapurna mountain in Nepal is the 10th highest peak in the world. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name for ‘Goddess of the Harvests’ or more simply ‘The Provider’. One of Annapurna I’s claim to fame is that it was the first 8,000m (26,200 ft) peak to be climbed.

For those who are not avid mountaineers trying to summit Mt. Everest, Annapurna offers the perfect Himalayan trekking experience. The Annapurna Circuit is a 300km trek around the mountain range, and offers breathtaking scenery, ice pyramids and a glimpse of the fabled Tibetan plateau. The trek follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. 

If there is lesson from the recent disaster, it is that weather information needs to be made available to all companies operating trekking services in the region. Also, any disaster relief efforts needs to be better coordinated among the many agencies. 


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saumyak November 4, 2014 - 4:50am

Wow, this is really sad! My cousins and grandparents and uncles and aunts and all that live near there. I never knew that eight of the the ten deadliest cyclones in Asia have been in the Bay of Bengal.

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sainh November 1, 2014 - 6:05pm

This is very interesting!

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Shravan October 31, 2014 - 3:27am

I live in India

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saumyak November 4, 2014 - 4:46am

I am from India but my grandparents live there! :)

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Jacqueline_V October 27, 2014 - 8:31am

That's very unfortunate. I didn't know that hurricanes could cause blizzards!

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iChristian October 27, 2014 - 8:31am

So sad ):

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Samyuktha V. October 25, 2014 - 6:44pm

i feel bad for the trekkers, yak herders and locals and their families!


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rafaelw October 24, 2014 - 10:53am

I can not believe a cyclone turned into a blizzard and killed 31 climbers . I also can not believe how eight deadly storms were in the bay of Bengal.

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kiraw October 24, 2014 - 10:51am

The main idea was that a snow storm came and a lot of things happened at least 31 climbers died In the snow storm. In the one part of How a cyclone became a blizzard six feet of snow fell in some of their regions.

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samanthad October 24, 2014 - 8:33am

this story is about different storms that happen around the world. It talks about typhoons and hurricanes.

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connork October 24, 2014 - 8:32am

The main idea is that a hurricane and tornado can be devastating in a mountin avalanches form cousing more damege and that storms.typhoons and other things are dangerous.Once in India a tyhoon made a mountin with lots of snow go thrashing everywhere and snow went everywhere.India has a uniche geography.The bay of bongol in aisa has some of the top 10 most dangerous storms.

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edwardy2 October 23, 2014 - 2:03pm

It's really interesting how a cyclone became a blizzard because I really never knew about this.

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milaniu October 23, 2014 - 12:58pm

that looks so cool to watch but so scary to be in

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Tressa October 22, 2014 - 8:29am

I wonder what HudHud means, 'cause it sounds pretty funny for a deadly storm's name.

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saumyak November 4, 2014 - 4:51am

Thats what I was thinking LOL. But yea it does sound funny but maybe it means deadly. :O

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Tressa November 4, 2014 - 7:51am

Could be. Or maybe its just a normal name like 'Jane' or something, like how they do it in the USA...?

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hattien2 October 21, 2014 - 5:52pm

that is sad. think about it. now we know to look into it more.

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basimm October 21, 2014 - 4:20pm

cyclone avalanche. wow just by hearing the title im already sucked into it. cyclone avalanche is exactly what it sounds like you dont even have to change up the title and make it more creative to make it sound good. say what you mean.


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garettc October 21, 2014 - 11:17am

soooooo sad 0

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sethr3 October 23, 2014 - 1:22pm

I know right