Cyclone Burevi: Public holiday declared in five districts of Kerala on Friday


Public holiday has been declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki in the state on Friday, in view of Cyclone Burevi.

NDRF team raises awareness among residents living near the coast in Alappuzha district in Kerala. (Photo: PTI)

The Kerala government on Thursday declared a holiday in five districts for Friday, December 4, in view of Cyclone Burevi which is expected to bring heavy rain in the state.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its bulletin, said Cyclone Burevi may make landfall in Kerala on December 4 and issued red alert and cyclone warning for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coasts.

The state government, in a statement, said a public holiday has been declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki in the state on Friday.

Over 2,000 relief camps have been opened in Kerala, it said.

“A public holiday for all government offices including public sector undertakings has been declared for the five districts in the state,” news agency PTI quoted lines from the statement.

It, however, said the disaster management authority and concerned services, emergency services and election-related services will function normally.

The international airport in Thiruvananthapuram also will remain shut from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday.

The IMD has predicted that the course of the storm will be through the border areas of Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts and the government, along with various departments and the Army, were ready to face the contingencies, the statement said.

(With PTI inputs)



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