Headlines December 6, 2020
7 dead as Cyclone Burevi lashes Tamil Nadu
Seven deaths were reported from various parts of Tamil Nadu as ‘Cyclone Burevi’ lashed across the state causing destruction for crores of rupees. More than 300 villages are under water without electricity as rainfall battered the state for a second day. Cuddalore and Rameswaram are the worst affected districts. According to the weather department, cyclone is likely to cause heavy rainfall in not just Tamil Nadu but Puducherry as well for the next two days though its strength is weakening.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced relief of Rs 10 lakh for families of the dead. Compensation for cattle will also be provided, he said adding that rescue and relief works are being carried out in the state.
As Cyclone Burevi originated on the Bay of Bengal, red alert was issued in districts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh. But since it weakened, damages could be avoided in many parts. Activities of some airports in Tamil Nadu and the Trivandrum international airport were suspended for a few hours.