Cyclone Nivar and Burevi – History and Management

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What are the two cyclones ?

Cyclone Nivar

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Nivar was a tropical cyclone. It brought severe impacts to parts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in late November of 2020. It was the eighth depression and fourth named storm of the 2020 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. Nivar originated from a disturbance in the Intertropical Convergence Zone. The disturbance gradually organized and on November 23, both the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that a tropical depression has formed. On the next day, both agencies upgraded the system to a tropical storm, with the latter assigning it the name Nivar. Nivar made its landfall near Tamil Nadu‘s Marakkanam.


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Cyclone Burevi

Cyclone Burevi is a currently active storm that is threatening Sri Lanka and parts of Southern India. It is the ninth depression and fifth named storm of the 2020 North Indian Ocean cyclone Season. Burevi originated from a low pressure area which formed on November 28. The system gradually became a depression on November 30, with the JTWC issuing a TCFA, soon after. The depression then was upgraded into Cyclone Burevi the following day. It is the fifth named cyclone in the 2020 North Indian Ocean cyclone season.

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Cyclone Nivar – 

On November 22, an area of low pressure was formed in the Bay of Bengal, off the banks of Tamil Nadu. It escalated into a depression on the early long periods of November 23. In the early long hours of November 24, it increased into a cyclonic storm and it was named Nivar. IMD issued cyclone warning alerts off the shore of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Sri Lanka. It made a landfall in Karaikal, Puducherry on the 12 PM of November 25. It debilitated on the early long periods of November 27.

Cyclone Burevi –  

On November 28, a low pressure area formed off the bank of Aceh. It gradually escalated into a depression on November 30. The JTWC then gave a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert on the system, that very day. At 3:00 UTC on December 1, the depression was updated into a deep depression. At 15:00 UTC, both IMD and JTWC moved up to cyclonic storm and tropical storm separately and it was named Burevi. The name was recommended by the Maldives. As of now, microwave imagery indicated very much characterized convective banding wrapping firmly around the low-level circulation (LLCC). At 15:00 UTC on December 2, Burevi reached its peak power with 1-minute continued winds of around 45 miles for every hour (72 km/h) and a barometric pressure of 996 mbar. Instantly a short time later, Burevi made landfall along the east bank of Sri Lanka as per the Department of Meteorology.

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How did they tackle it ?

Cyclone Nivar – 

On 24 November, six National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) groups had been presented to Cuddalore and two groups were deployed in Chennai. Tamil Nadu government suspended transport administrations until additional orders in seven districts of Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Villupuram, Chengalpattu and Cuddalore. During a review meeting, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K. Palaniswami asked his cabinet members and officials to remain cautious and take necessary precautions ahead of the Cyclone. Authorities were likewise coordinated to guarantee that individuals in vulnerable areas were cleared. Measures were taken by the Tamil Nadu government to store dry proportions and fuel for the individuals after the storm’s impact. The Tamil Nadu government pronounced a statewide holiday on 25 November. The Tamil Nadu state government revealed that more than 100,000 individuals were evacuated and were sheltered in 1000 relief centers. The District magistrate of the Nellore locale of Andhra Pradesh announced that 3,363 individuals were protected in 115 help camps. On November 26, the IMD gave yellow alert in a few districts of Karnataka including Bengaluru.

Cyclone Burevi – 

A Cyclone Alert was put in place for South Tamil Nadu, South Kerala, and Sri Lanka upon formation.

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