The Cyclonic Storm ‘Burevi ’ is set to emerge in the Gulf of Mannar near Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu this morning, as it has completed its first landfall near Trincomalee in Sri Lanka late last night. Met Department said it moves north westwards with the speed of 15 km an hour. It would be centred very close to Pamban near Rameswaram by noon. It will cross the southern Tamil Nadu coast between Kanyakumari and Pamban between tonight and early tomorrow morning as a Cyclonic Storm. When observed last, the Cyclone ‘Burevi‘ was laying centered at about 190 km east-southeast of Pamban near Rameswaram and 380 km east-northeast of Kanyakumari.
Heavy to very heavy rain is predicted at many places in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu today, with the possibility of extremely very heavy rain at isolated places. Met Department has said the cyclone will gain the wind speed of 70-80 km per hour, gusting to 90 km per hour, while having the landfall. Its impact over the southern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu is expected to commence this morning in Ramanathapuram, and it is set to gradually spread upto Kanyakumari district.
As the sea would be very rough, all fishing operations in the region remain suspended. Under the impact of the cyclonic storm, several places in southern Tamil Nadu witnessed intermittent rain since last night. Some places including Chennai experienced light to moderate rain.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured all help from the Centre to the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to tide over the challenges of the impending cyclone Burevi. In a tweet yesterday, he has said he has spoken to the chief ministers of both the states Mr Edappadi Palaniswamy and Mr Pinarayi Vijayan and inquired about the prevailing situations there. Mr Palaniswamy explained the precautionary measures being undertaken by the Tamil Nadu Government to mitigate the effects of the cyclone.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu state administration is making all efforts to ensure the safety of the fishermen who are involved in deep sea fishing. AIR correspondent reports, 124 fishing vessels from Tamil Nadu that are involved in deep sea fishing are said to be currently in the high seas. The state fisheries department has said it has taken all out efforts in coordination with the Indian Coast Guard and the Navy to establish contact with them and ask them to return to the shores before the cyclone hits the coast.
Its officials have been delegated to several coastal states and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep to facilitate their return to safety to the nearest points and to arrange for their stay and food. 120 other vessels that embarked on deep sea fishing from the Thengapattanam fishing harbour in Kanyakumari district are reported to have returned safely. The state fishing department has established control rooms in Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts besides operating its state level control room in Chennai on a 24-hour basis.