Kerala coast on alert after IMD warns of Cyclone 'Burevi'

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has requested the Navy, Coast Guard and India Air Force to prepare ships and helicopters for rescue operations as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that depression in the Bay of Bengal is likely to turn into Cyclone 'Burevi'.

The cyclone is expected to reach Sri Lankan coast by Wednesday afternoon and hit Kanyakumari by Thursday.

Seven teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been sought by the state administration for the rescue and relief operation.

According to the latest update of the IMD, the depression is 'very likely' to move west-northwestwards and cross Sri Lanka coast 'between latitude 7.50N and 9.00N close to Trincomalee' during evening/ night of December 2.

What is being viewed as a worry for Kerala as well as Tamil Nadu coast is the IMD's warning that the cyclone is likely to move nearly westwards thereafter and emerge into Comorin area on the morning of December 3 and move westward towards south Tamil Nadu coast. Asianet Online