Thiruvananthapuram airport in Kerala will remain close on Friday as the state braces for the Cyclone Burevi. The airport will remain closed from 10 am to 6 pm tomorrow, news agency ANI reported citing District Collector, Navjot Khosa.
It is being closed “as a measure to ensure the safety of airport operations in view of Cyclone Burevi,” he said.
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India Meteorological Department, meanwhile, has issued red alert for five districts of Kerala. In two others, there is orange alert in view of the cyclone storm Burevi.
Cyclone Burevi crossed the Sri Lanka coast on Wednesday night and is predicted to make landfall by Friday morning across the southern districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. However, it has now weakened into deep depression and would move west-southwestwards and cross Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi districts between Thursday night and Friday early morning with a wind speed of 50-60 kmph, gusting up to 70 kmph.
It is also very likely to further weaken into a depression (with a wind speed of 40-50 kmph, gusting up to 60 kmph) by Friday.
Tamil Nadu and other parts of south India receive rain due to the northeast monsoon from October to December. The formation of cyclones in the Bay of Bengal during this period is also a common occurrence.
Earlier today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to ensure all possible support from the Centre.