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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

UN says another cyclone forming in Myanmar area

UN says another cyclone is forming in the Bay of Bengal near Irrawaddy Delta, and it is heading towards Myanmar.

The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center, a US government agency that contributes data to the United Nations, said there is a good chance that "a significant tropical cyclone" will form within the next 24 hours and head across the Irrawaddy delta area.

Prof. Johnny Chan, a tropical cyclone expert with City University of Hong Kong, said the new cyclone will not be as severe as Nargis because it is already close to land, and cyclones need to be over sea to gain full strength.

"There will be a lot of rain but the winds will not be as strong," he told The Associated Press.

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