After Nivar, South India Braces Itself For Cyclone Burevi

The cyclonic storm, heading from the Sri Lankan coast will travel at an expected speed of 70-90 kmph and will cross the southern part of the Tamil Nadu coast early tomorrow morning

Raghav N

December 4, 2020

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Not too long after the cyclonic storm Nivar, South India now prepares itself to face cyclone Burevi after it hit Sri Lanka’s east coast earlier this week. Several districts across Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been placed on high alert in anticipation of heavy rainfall. Burevi is expected to cross the southern part of TN between the Pamban coast and Kanyakumari in the intervening night of today (3 December) and tomorrow. It will likely emerge into the Arabian Sea on November 5 morning.

In Kerala, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram have been declared as red alert zones, while Kottayam, Idukki and Ernakulam are on orange alert. Fishermen have been asked to keep away from the sea and civilians have been encouraged to stay indoors. Close to 700 people in the vulnerable areas have been shifted to across 13 relief camps, while another 2,500 such centres have been identified if the need to evacuate more people arises. Eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have reached Kerala and the air force and the navy will also be joining the rescue teams soon.

In Tamil Nadu, five districts including Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin are bracing themselves for incessant showers over the next few days. The capital city of Chennai will also receive continuous rains according to the weather department.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a statement said that he had taken stock of the situation with the CMs of both the southern states and assured full support from the centre for the people of the region.

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