Cyclone Burevi is expected to weaken into a depression over the next 12 hours, IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said on Friday. The cyclonic storm prompted heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and parts of Kerala.
Earlier, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had said that cyclone Burevi, which crossed the coast of Sri Lanka on Wednesday night, would hit the border areas of Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts.
Teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the Indian Army have been deployed to carry out relief and rescue efforts in affected areas.
Air traffic affected, resumes later
The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in Kerala remained closed on December 4 from 10 am to 4 pm on account of the cyclonic storm.
In addition, operations at the Tuticorin and Madurai airports in Tamil Nadu were temporarily halted as a precautionary measure in view of the deep depression forming in the Gulf of Mannar.
Red alert withdrawn for Kerala districts
In Kerala alone, the state NDRF and local authorities set up more than 2,000 relief camps for people affected by cyclone Burevi.
On Friday, the Kerala government declared a holiday in five districts- Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki. The IMD had earlier sounded a red alert and cyclone warning for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coasts.
#CycloneBurevi Update 4/12/20
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— t prdhn -DG NDRF (@satyaprad1) December 4, 2020
Later in the day, the IMD withdrew the red alert issued for cyclone Burevi even as rains continued to lash the seven southernmost districts of Kerala.
Strong winds hit Rameswaram, Chidambaram temple inundated
The sea turned rough as strong winds hit Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on Friday. This resulted in the inundation of crops and waterlogging in several parts of urban and rural Tamil Nadu.
Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore flooded on Friday
Visuals also appeared of an inundated Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district. Torrential rain led to waterlogging in parts of the district on Friday.
Puducherry uses oil engine sets to drain water
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy visited areas affected by Cyclone Burevi on Friday.
— V.Narayanasamy (@VNarayanasami) December 4, 2020
In a series of tweets, the chief minister’s office posted pictures of floating type lightweight oil engines and giant pump sets used to drain water in inundated areas.