Tropical Cyclone Burevi made landfall into Sri Lanka’s eastern coast on Wednesday night damaging coastal buildings and power lines, as well as unleash flash floods, officials said.
During the day Sri Lankan authorities evacuated more than 75,000 people from homes on the east coast where Cyclone Burevi, packing winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour hit the coast.
The island’s disaster management centre advised those living near its path to stay indoors. Those evacuated were moved into 237 relief centres.
On Thursday, the cyclone’s path will carry it northwest towards the Arabian Sea and is projected to hit southern India by early on Friday.
The state of Tamil Nadu and Kerala are on high alert. The cyclonic storm is expected to make first contact with the Indian coast between Pamban and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu.
Burevi is likely to weaken into a deep depression on entering Kerala, the weather office said. However, state capital Thiruvananthapuram and six districts are on alert.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said close to 2,500 relief camps had been identified. He also said fishermen had been told not to venture out to sea till Saturday, and that residents had been advised to not leave home unless it is an emergency.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force, Air Force and Indian Navy were on standby at Sulur base in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore.