Tamil Nadu and Kerala are on high alert as Cyclone Burevi inches closer to India’s southern coast. It is expected to come in contact with the Indian coast between Pamban and Kanyakumari between tonight and tomorrow morning.
The Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, said it made landfall in Sri Lanka on Wednesday night-Thursday morning.
Burevi is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast with wind speed of 70-80km/hr. The RMC has predicted rainfall at most places in south Tamil Nadu with heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places and extremely heavy fall at isolated places on Thursday.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state was on high alert in view of Burevi. The India Meteorological department has issued a red alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha districts for December 3.
Burevi is expected to cross Thiruvananthapuram by Friday and affect seven districts.
After pounding Sri Lanka’s northern coast with heavy rains and wind speed up to 90km/hr, Burevi is likely to weaken by the time it crosses the Gulf of Mannar and turns back to hit Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu. However, it will still be powerful.
Burevi, named by Maldives, comes days after very severe Cyclone Nivar hit Karaikal coast with wind speeds of 90-117km/hr.
Around 26 relief teams have been deployed in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and one team is in reserve in Puducherry. Close to 2,500 relief camps have been identified in Kerala and nearly 700 people relocated.
Reports suggest heavy rains will continue from December 3 to 5 in the two states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and discussed the situation prevailing in parts of the states while pledging all possible support from the Centre.
He tweeted: “We discussed the conditions prevailing in parts of the state due to Cyclone Burevi. Centre will provide all possible support to TN. I pray for the well-being and safety of those living in the areas affected.”