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Cyclone Burevi just 40 km off the coast of Kerala, IMD issues red alert for 4 districts

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Cyclonic Storm Burevi is very close to Kerala. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin Thursday morning, it is highly likely that Burevi will move to the west-northwest and emerge into the Gulf of Mannar near the Mannar coast for the next three hours.

“Cyclonic Storm Burevi lay at its center at 05:30 IST on December 3 over Sri Lanka near Lat. 9.0 ° N and Long. 80.3 ° E, about 40 km east of Mannar (in the Alappuzha district of Kerala), 120 km east-southeast of Pamban (India) and 320 km east-northeast of Kanniyakumari (India) ”, said the IMD newsletter at 8:30 am. .

“The Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 70-80 with gusts of up to 90 km / h would center very close to Pamban around noon on December 3,” he added.

It is likely to cross the southern coast of Tamil Nadu between Pamban and Kanyakumari in the evening and early Friday morning.

Up to eight teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and personnel from the Air Force and Navy have been deployed for rescue and relief operations ahead of the cyclone’s arrival, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi said on Wednesday Vijayan.

In total, 26 relief teams have been deployed to Tamil Nadu and Kerala and one team is in reserve at Puducherry, the NDRF said.

About 700 people from 175 families have been transferred to relief camps, while a further 2,489 camps have been identified.

IMD has issued a red alert for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha for December 3, in view of Cyclone Burevi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Wednesday and discussed the situation prevailing in some parts of the states due to the incoming cyclone and pledged all possible support from the Center.

“We discussed the conditions that prevail in some parts of the state due to Cyclone Burevi. Center will provide all possible support to TN. I pray for the well-being and safety of those living in the affected areas, ”Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Cyclone Burevi, named after the Maldives, will not be as strong as Cyclone Nivar that hit the north coast of Tamil Nadu last week, officials from the meteorological department said. They said the storm is expected to have a speed of 80-90 km / hour, unlike Nivar, which had a speed of 110-130 km / hour.

Hindustan Times

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