The depression formed in the Bay of Bengal is likely to turn into Cyclone Burevi claims Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). According to the department, the cyclone will reach Sri Lankan coast by Wednesday and the Kanyakumari coast by Thursday. Venturing into the sea from the Kerala coast has been banned till further notice for citizens. “Thunderstorms, accompanied by lightning, are likely to occur at one or two places over Kerala and Lakshadweep area till December 4,” the weather department said.
Heavy rains are also expected in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south coastal Andhra Pradesh till December 3. In fact, according to Pradeep John R, who runs Tamil Nadu Weatherman, southern districts in Tamil Nadu such as Theni, Kanyakumari, Thenkasi, Virudhunagar, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Ramanathapuram districts need to be cautious. “Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Papanasam and Manjolai areas need a closer watch for heavy rains. Delta districts (Nagai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur), Pudukottai and Sivangangai will also get heavy rains from December 2 to 5,” he stated on his blog.
Meanwhile, relief camps would be set up from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged people to be vigilant. The Navy, Coastal Guard and Air Force have been requested to prepare their ships and helicopters for rescue operations. Seven National Rescue Disaster Force teams have been requested from the centre with other central forces directed to stay alert. According to Pinarayi, smaller dams may be opened. As it is currently pilgrimage season in Sabarimala, Pinarayi Vijayan has urged authorities at the temple to be vigilant.