Cyclone Burevi: Tamil Nadu, Kerala prepare for impact, landfall likely tonight


Tamil Nadu and Kerala are gearing up to deal with Cyclone Burevi, which is expected to hit the southern states tonight or early Friday morning.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Cyclone Burevi is expected to cross the south Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Kanniyakumari, during late Thursday night or early Friday morning, with a wind speed of 70-80 gusting to 90 kmph.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CYCLONE BUREVI:

1. In its latest bulletin at 4 pm, the IMD has said Cyclone Burevi lay close to Pamban and has an associated wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph.

2. The weather department has also issued a red alert and cyclone warning for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coasts.

3. As Burevi inches closer to the southern shores, the cyclonic storm is likely to generate a storm surge of about 1-m height above astronomical tide. The storm surge is very likely to flood low-lying areas of south coastal Tamil Nadu during the time of landfall.

4. Parts of South Tamil Nadu Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Tenkasi and Sivagangai districts are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy falls as an impact of Burevi.

5. In Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki and Ernakulam districts would receive heavy rains and wind from December 3 to 5.

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6. Cyclone Burevi, which made landfall in Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee last night, has already started impacting India — bringing rainfall to Rameswaram and adjoining areas.

Heavy rains also lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry starting from Wednesday night.

7. State and central authorities have prepared in full measure to minimise the impact of the cyclonic storm, with NDRF and armed forces personnel already at the spot.

26 teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed across Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the wake of Cyclone Burevi.

8. Kerala authorities announced that the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport will remain closed from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, as a measure to ensure the safety of airport operations in view of the Cyclone Burevi.

9. The Kerala Health department also sounded an alert in the wake of the cyclone Burevi and said all precautionary measures were taken to meet any emergency situation.

Health Minister KK Shailja said the alert was issued to effectively combat various health issues caused by the cyclone and rains and the subsequent epidemic. Director of Health and Director of Medical Education have been instructed to ensure sufficient medical facilities and medicines in state hospitals.

10. Fishermen have been advised to not venture into the southwest Bay of Bengal and along and off the east Sri Lanka coast today; Comorin Area, Gulf of Mannar and south Tamilnadu-Kerala and west Sri Lanka coasts from 3-4th December, says IMD.

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On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and discussed the situation prevailing in parts of the states due to cyclone Burevi while pledging all possible support from the Centre.

“Praying for the safety and well-being of those staying in the affected areas,” PM Modi tweeted.





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