Cyclone Burevi Updates: Tamil Nadu and Kerala are on high alert as cyclone Burevi inches closer to the southern coast, expected to cross Thiruvananthapuram by Friday morning while affecting at least seven districts over the next 72 hours. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for four districts of Kerala today – Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha – as the cyclone made landfall in Sri Lanka last evening. Also Read - Chinese President Would Have Been Wearing Made-in-India Shirts If Our Workers Were Strong, Says Rahul Gandhi

At least eight teams of the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) have already arrived in Kerala, besides the Air Force base at Sulu, near Kovai is already on high alert, while the Indian Navy also is ready, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan noted. Also Read - Elephant Dies After Being Set on Fire by Tamil Nadu Resort Workers, Horrific Act Caught on Camera

Meanwhile, two teams each from the NDRF have also been sent to Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Madurai in Tamil Nadu as Burevi is expected to cross the area tonight or early morning on Friday with a wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph. Relief camps have been set up in Nagercoil. Also Read - Sasikala Tests Positive For Coronavirus in Second RT-PCR Test, Shifted to Intensive Care

The IMD said Cyclone Burevi, laying over the southwest Bay of Bengal, moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 25 kmph during past six hours. Heavy to very heavy rains accompanied with gusty winds are expected in the southern coast of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

PM Modi spoke to the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and discussed the situation prevailing in parts of the states with pledging all possible support from the Centre. “Praying for the safety and well-being of those staying in the affected areas,” he said.