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Cyclone Burevi weakens into a deep depression; Declared holiday in Kerala, Puducherry

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Cyclone Burevi has weakened into a deep depression and would cross the coast of Tamil Nadu on Friday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin. Burevi, which crossed the coast of Sri Lanka on Wednesday night, would hit the coast of Tamil Nadu like a cyclonic storm, the meteorological office had previously predicted. It had also issued a red alert for southern Tamil Nadu and southern Kerala.

“The deep depression over the Gulf of Mannar was centered at 11:30 p.m. IST on December 3, about 40 km southwest of Ramanathapuram. To cross Ramanathapuram and the contiguous districts of Thoothukudi in a few hours with a wind speed of 50 to 60 km / h. To further weaken us into a depression by December 4 tomorrow, ”IMD said in the newsletter.

He also said that heavy to very heavy rain is “very likely” in some parts of southern Tamil Nadu and isolated locations over Kerala and Mahe for the next 24 hours. Heavy or very heavy rains are also likely to occur in isolated locations most likely over northern Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal for the next 24 hours. Heavy rains are highly likely to occur in isolated locations on the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep on Friday, he added.

Union Interior Minister Amit Shah spoke with the top ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Thursday and assured all aid to the states. Prior to this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed the situation with senior ministers on Wednesday and had also given them all possible support from the Center.

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The Kerala government has declared a holiday in five districts for Friday as the state remains on high alert and heavy rains are expected under the influence of Cyclone Burevi. A holiday was declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki in the state, according to the statement issued by the state government. “A public holiday has been declared for all government offices, including public sector companies, for the five districts of the state,” the statement said.

He said the disaster management authority and concerned services, emergency services and election-related services will function normally. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport will be closed from 10 a.m. M. At 6 p. M. December 4. More than 2,000 relief camps have been opened in Kerala, he added.

Kerala Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a high-level meeting with representatives from the armed forces, the Coast Guard, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), various department heads, the DGP and the Chief Secretary. “As IMD alerted the state, Kerala took all necessary precautions, including a total ban on fishing. The district collectors are making all preventive efforts. 2,891 relief camps were opened. A 24-hour control room with helpline phone numbers has been put in place, ”Vijayan said.

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

Flight services at Madurai Airport have been suspended until 12:00 and Tuticorin Airport will be closed on Friday. Government and private schools in Puducherry will be closed on Friday due to continued rains caused by Cyclone Burevi, according to an official order.

(With contributions from the agency)

Hindustan Times

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