The Odisha administration is reeling under the cyclone ‘Yas’. It has caused widespread destruction in the state. Meanwhile more than 300 children were born in the coastal state and some families have named their newborns ‘Yas’ after the cyclone. Officials gave this information. Many of these children were born on Tuesday night, when the cyclonic storm hit the eastern coast of the country, while there are other children who saw the light of the world when ‘Yas’ struck 50 from Balasore district. Knocked near Bahanaga, kilometers south.
Sonali Maiti, a resident of Parkhi area of Balasore, said that she could not think of a better name for her boy than ‘Yas’, whose birth marks the arrival of the cyclone. Similarly, Saraswati Bairagi of Kendrapara district said that she named her newborn girl after the storm, thus everyone will remember the time of her arrival. Bairagi said, ‘I am very happy that my baby girl came into the world on a day that everyone will remember. I have named him ‘Yas’.’
Officials said similar reports had also come from other parts of the state. ‘Yas’ got its name from Oman. The word is said to have originated from the Persian language, and in English it means ‘Jasmine’. The state government had earlier stated that the list of people evacuated from the affected sites included 6,500 pregnant women, who were relocated from low-lying areas and cyclone-affected areas. The government had said that many women, who were in the final stages of their pregnancy, were taken to the ‘mother home’ (delivery center) and other local hospitals.