Cyclone Burevi may make landfall across the southern districts of Kerala on Friday. IMD has issued an alert and a cyclone warning for south Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts. Authorities in Thiruvananthapuram suspended flight operations at the airport for eight hours. Burevi has weakened into a deep depression and would cross Tamil Nadu coast on Friday. Cyclonic storm Burevi crossed the Sri Lanka coast on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the Kerala govt has declared a holiday in five districts for Friday. Holiday has been declared for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki. As per the state govt, more than 2,000 relief camps have been opened in Kerala. CM Pinarayi Vijayan held a high-level meeting with armed forces, Coast Guard, NDRF, DGP and chief secretary. Flight services at Madurai airport have also been suspended till 12pm, while Tuticorin airport will remain closed on Friday.
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A Coast Guard vessel with relief items was deployed off the Chennai coast as India's southeastern states brace for cyclone Nivar. It is expected to make landfall on November 25 night or November 26 morning. The Indian Meteorological Department predicted that Nivar would worsen into a very severe cyclone. It is likely to hit the coast between Karaikal and Mamallapuram. National Disaster Response Force Director General SN Pradhan said that 19 teams have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, 6 in Puducherry, and 7 in Andhra Pradesh. He said that the central agencies and state administrations have agreed to pursue a 'zero casualty approach'. Watch the full video for more.
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Hundreds of Rohingya were taken from refugee camps in Bangladesh to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal on Friday, despite complaints by human rights groups that they were being moved against their will. Adam Reed reports.
Cyclonic storm Burevi, which originated in southwest Bay of Bengal is moving west-northwestwards. Parts of Kerala are likely to receive very heavy rainfall. Cyclonic storm 'Burevi' is about 200 kms East-Southeast of PUMBAN, and likely to emerge into Gulf of Mannar on December 03. Eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and personnel of the Air Force and the Navy have been deployed for rescue and relief operations ahead of Cyclone Burevi.
Indian Coast Guard apprehended a suspicious boat with 12 Myanmarese crew members near Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory. The boat was spotted first by a helicopter and is now being brought to Port Blair for crew interrogation.
A two-day joint coastal security exercise, 'Sagar Kavach' was launched at Paradip Coast. It was a joint effort by Odisha and West Bengal governments. Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Port Marine Department, Forest Department local fishermen and Odisha Police are part of the exercise.
IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra while updating on Cyclone Burevi informed that storm is expected to weaken into depression while moving westward across south Tamil Nadu in next 12 hours. "Cyclone Burevi lays over Gulf of Mannar near south Tamil Nadu coast. Wind speed is 50-60 kmph. It'll further weaken into depression while moving westward across south Kerala coast during next 12 hrs," said IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. He further added, "There has been extremely heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry under its influence. Very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rainfall likely to continue over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry today."
Cyclone 'Burevi' although weakened to a Deep Depression, it did impact regular life in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. Continued rainfall and strong winds witnessed in Rameswaram town. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), cyclone 'Burevi' laid close to Pamban. A number three hazard warning sign was also mounted at Pamban bridge in view of cyclonic storm 'Burevi'. "Deep Depression over Gulf of Mannar at 5:30 am is close to Ramanathapuram district coast remained practically stationary, about 40 km southwest of Ramanathapuram, 70 km west-southwest of Pamban. Associated wind speed is about 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph," said IMD. Cyclone Burevi is expected to hit Kerala's coastal areas during noon on December 04.
The four-year-old boy, who fell into an open borewell in Kulpahar area of Mahoba district in Uttar Pradesh on December 02, died on December 03. NDRF and SDRF teams were conducting rescue operation at the site to save the boy. The child was known to be at a depth of 25 feet, according to the officials.
In view of Cyclone Burevi, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed in Thiruvananthapuram's Valyathura. A total of 8 NDRF teams have been deployed in the state. Cylcone 'Burevi' is expected to cross south Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Kanyakumari during tonight and early morning of December 04.
All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders including Saugata Roy met former party leader Suvendu Adhikari, who had resigned from West Bengal cabinet on November 27, to discuss his future course in the party. Saugata Roy said, "We met Suvendu Adhikari yesterday. An earlier decision was reinforced that he will stay in TMC only without any question of joining BJP. Suvendu will clarify whatever he wants to, via a press conference. We have decided to stay together and work together in TMC. We still have 218 MLAs and only one has quit the party so, this is not a matter of concern for us." Suvendu Adhikari had quit TMC government on November 27 and since then speculations of him joining BJP are in the news.