India Meteorological Department warns of heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Kerala till December 5 because of Cyclone Burevi. Thiruvananthapuram is on high alert following the cyclone, which is expected to make landfall by tomorrow afternoon. According to reports, the wind's new landfall is between Varkala and Attingal.
A red alert has been sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Alappuzha districts today with strong winds and rain expected to continue for three to five days. Fishing activities have been suspended till Saturday, and 12 flights have been cancelled. Access to Sabarimala has been restricted until the cyclone passes due to heavy winds. Landslips and landslides are possible in hilly areas. An orange alert has already been issued for the Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts of the state earlier today.
Eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force and personnel of the Air Force and the Navy have been deployed for rescue and relief operations ahead of the cyclone. Around 217 camps have been opened in Thiruvanthapuram to relocate people residing in high-risk areas, and there are presently 690 people living in 13 camps across the state. According to IMD, although the winds will weaken before entering the state, it will cause terrible damages in the capital city.
A control room has been opened at the Thiruvananthapuram Collectorate. One can dial 1077 to connect with the control room. One can reach the Thiruvananthapuram Fire Force Control Room at 0471 2330077
Meanwhile, in a tweet, Union Minister Amit Shah said that the government is committed to providing all possible help to the people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the wake of Burevi's impending landfall along the southern coast.
PM Modi also took to Twitter, saying, "Spoke to Kerala CM Shri @vijayanpinarayi Ji on the conditions prevailing due to Cyclonic Storm Burevi in the state. Assured all possible support from the Centre to help Kerala. Praying for the safety and well-being of those staying in the affected areas."