Cyclone Burevi Weakens, 3 Tamil Nadu, Kerala Airports Shut As Precaution


New Delhi:

Southern Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Kerala are on high alert as the cyclone Burevi which weakened into a deep depression inches closer to the southern shores. The  deep depression is likely to cross Ramanathapuram and adjoining Tuticorin district in six hours with windspeed of 50-60 kmph, according to the weather office. Flight operations in three airports in Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been suspended as a precautionary measure.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier predicted that cyclone Burevi, which crossed the Sri Lanka coast on Wednesday night, would hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a cyclonic storm.”Deep Depression over Gulf of Mannar lay centered at 2330 IST of 3 Dec about 40 km southwest of Ramanathapuram. To cross Ramanathapuram and adjoining Thoothukudi districts within a few hrs with wind speed of 50-60 kmph. To weaken further into a Depression by 4th December morning,” IMD said in its latest update. Deep depression is a stage of cyclone formation or de-intensification.

The deep depression is very likely to further weaken into a depression (with a wind speed of 40-50 kmph, gusting up to 60 kmph) in 24 hours, it said.

The weather office has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall for Chennai and southern Tamil Nadu on Friday under the influence of Cyclone Burevi, with authorities deploying NDRF teams and setting up relief camps as disaster-response measures in view of the storm’s impending landfall along the state’s southern coast.

The IMD has already issued a red alert for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala.

At least three airports in Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been suspended as a precautionary measure. While flight operations in Madurai airport and Tuticorin airport in Tamil Nadu remain suspended, the Thiruvananthapuram international airport in Kerala will remain shut from 10 AM to 6 PM on December 4.

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The Kerala government has declared a holiday in five districts. A statement issued by the state government said a public holiday has been declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki in the state.

Over 2,000 relief camps have been opened in Kerala, it said. A statement issued by the state government said a public holiday has been declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki in the state.

On Thursday, Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his counterpart in Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan and assured them of all possible help to the people of both the states.





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