Cyclone Burevi: Landfall made in Sri Lanka, India braces for impact

The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has now intensified into a cyclonic storm and has been named Cyclone Burevi. IMD has said Cyclone Burevi will cross Sri Lanka coast on Thursday night and cross south Tamil Nadu on Friday morning.

Cyclone Burevi will make landfall on Sri Lanka coast close to Trincomalee on Thursday evening and will emerge at the Gulf of Mannar on Friday morning. The cyclonic storm will then move towards Tamil Nadu and cross the state between Kanniyakumari and Pamban.

Updates on Cyclone Burevi:

9.35 pm: The storm is likely to move west-southwestwards across Pamban area by December 3 afternoon.

9.20 pm: Cyclone Burevi has made landfall between Trincomalee and Mullaitivu in Sri Lanka.

8.10 pm: Cyclone Burevi now 300kms away from Tamil Nadu’s Pamban.

7.35 pm: The Cyclonic Storm Burevi set to have its first landfall near Trincomalee in Sri Lanka in the next few hours. It is expected to move further in the west-southwest direction and emerge in the Gulf of Mannar tomorrow: IMD

7.20 pm: PM Modi speaks to Tamil Nadu, Kerala CMs, assures Centre’s support.

6.50 pm: Heavy rainfall and winds predicted for Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki and Ernakulam from December 3 to December 5.

6.35 pm: Kerala CM outlines plan to combat Cyclone Burevi

– In 13 camps, 697 people from 175 families have been shifted. 2,489 camps have been identified to shift people if required.

– A control room has been opened with hotline number 1077

– 8 teams of NDRF on spot.

– Fishermen stopped from going to sea till December 5

– Air Force, Navy stationed at Coimbatore.

– Neyyar, Kallada, Kakki dams water levels to be reduced.

6.15 pm: 360 people from Palam near Tamil Nadu’s Dhanushkodi (210 men, 120 women, 30 children) and shifted to Narayanpur shelter in Thangachimadam.

6.10 pm: Discussed cyclone arrangements with PM Modi, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

5.45 pm: India Meteorological Department (IMD) issues red alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts for December 3 in view of Cyclone Burevi.

5.20 pm: NDMA releases cyclone Do’s and Dont’s for fishermen.

5.10 pm: Cyclone Burevi to cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Kanniyakumari during December 3 night and December 4 early morning as cyclonic storm, says IMD.

1.10 pm: IMD says sea conditions are very rough to high over southwest Bay of Bengal and along and off east Sri Lanka coast.

11.15 am: Cyclonic Storm Burevi that is gathering over southwest Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further in the next 12 hours with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.

11.10 am: IMD has predicted isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall likely over south Tamil Nadu on Wednesday and Friday and south Kerala on December 3-4. Total suspension of fishing operation during December 2-5 over the area.

10.25 am: Three NDRF teams arrive at Tirunelveli to move towards low-lying areas ahead of Cyclone Burevi’s impact.

9.55 am: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said his government is prepared to handle the oncoming crisis. “All government departments have been directed to prepare on a war footing. We will get to know more about the impact of the cyclone in the coming hours. We are preparing to handle any kind of situation,” Vijayan has said.

9.38 am: IMD has issued Red Alert in 4 districts of Kerala for Thursday. Thiruvanathapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts are expected to see extreme heavy rainfall on Thursday. Orange alert has been sounded in Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts where very heavy rains are expected. On Wednesday and Friday, isolated heavy to very heavy rains are expected in these districts.

9.30 am: According to IMD, cyclonic storm Burevi is located over southwest Bay of Bengal and has moved west-northwestwards at a speed of 12 kmph in the past six hours and lay centered at 2.30 am on Wednesday morning about 300 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 530 km east-southeast of Pamban (India) and 700 km nearly east of Kanniyakumari.

9.25 am: Kerala and Tamil Nadu are on high alert after IMD warned of Cyclone Burevi over southwest Bay of Bengal. IMD has issued the yellow alert along the southern coast of both states.

9.15 am: Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed at Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu and Alappuzha in Kerala in anticipation of the oncoming cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Burevi is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala and extremely heavy showers at isolated places on Thursday.

Similar spells could be expected on the preceding and following day as well in parts of the two states including Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram.

Cyclone Burevi comes barely a week after Cyclone Nivar that battered Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with severe rainfall and strong winds over 2 days. Last week, very severe cyclonic storm Nivar had hit Tamil Nadu. While there were no reports of loss of life, about 2.5 lakh people were housed in cyclone shelters in the state as part of safety measures.

Nivar cyclone caused extensive damage to crops in over 6.59 lakh hectares in different districts of Andhra Pradesh.

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