New Delhi: The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government has declared a holiday in five districts for Friday, in the wake of Cyclone Burevi which is expected to bring heavy rain in the state. In a statement, the Kerala government informed that a public holiday has been declared for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, and Idukki in the state. Also Read - Govt Permits Pakistan PM Imran Khan to Use Indian Airspace For His Maiden Visit To Sri Lanka

Besides, flight services at Madurai airport have been suspended and the Tuticorin airport will remain closed today. The international airport in Thiruvananthapuram also also will remain shut from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday. Also Read - Coronavirus: Sri Lanka To Vaccinate 225 Parliamentarians From Tuesday

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), in its latest bulletin asserted that Burevi weakening into a deep depression over Gulf of Mannar close to Ramanathapuram District in Tamil Nadu.

“The Deep Depression would move west-southwestwards and cross Ramanathapuram and adjoining Thoothukudi districts in six hours with wind speed of 50-60 gusting to 70 kmph”, it said.

The IMD has also forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during next 24 hours.

This is the second cyclone that is predicted to hit the state in a week. Last week, a very severe cyclonic storm, Nivar, had battered the southern state. “Burevi is unlikely to be as intense as Nivar”, IMD director general Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.