Cyclone Burevi has weakened in the Gulf of Mannar, near Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu and turned into a deep depression. According to the latest bulletin of the Central Meteorological Department, the deep depression will pass through Tamil Nadu and enter Kerala as it becomes a weaker deep depression.
It also said that heavy to very heavy rainfall is “very likely” at a few places over south Tamil Nadu and at isolated places over Kerala and Mahe during the next 24 hours. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely at isolated places very likely over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during the next 24 hours. Heavy rainfall was very likely at isolated places over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep on Friday, it added.
The Kerala government has declared a holiday in five districts for Friday as the state remains on high alert with heavy rains expected under the influence of Cyclone Burevi. A public holiday has been declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki in the state, the statement issued by the state government said. “A public holiday for all government offices including public sector undertakings has been declared for the five districts in the state,” the statement said.
The international airport in Thiruvananthapuram will remain shut from 10am to 6pm on December 4. And 2,897 relief camps have been opened in Kerala, it added.The statement said IMD has predicted that the course of the storm will be through the border areas of Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts and the government, along with various departments and the army, were ready to face the contingencies.