The Indian Meteorological department has issued a red alert in four Kerala districts — Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha as cyclone Burevi is barrelling towards the Sri Lankan coast and is likely to strike Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Friday.
Cyclone Burevi, the second cyclonic storm to have formed in the southwest region of Bay of Bengal in a week, is likely to make landfall first over Sri Lanka late on Wednesday night and then hit Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu early on Friday.
Parts of Tamil Nadu including Mayiladuthurai, Sirkali, Tirivarur and neighbouring districts, are currently being battered by a second round of torrential rain in a week.
According to the IMD, Burevi lay centred on Wednesday over the southwest region Bay of Bengal about 200 km east of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka). It is very likely to intensify further today, moving west-northwestwards and cross Sri Lankan coast to the north of Trincomalee. It will then move nearly west-northwestwards thereafter, emerge into Gulf of Mannar and adjoining Comorin area.
Meanwhile, teams from National Disaster Response Force have been sent to Kanniyakumari, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Madurai. Fishing and movement in hilly areas has been regulated.