ECONOMYNEXT – Cyclone Burevi was off the coast of Mannar and moving towards the South Indian coast around 6 pm tonight but has left tens of thousands affected in Sri Lanka after making landfall in Kilinochchi Wednesday night.
The Meteorological Department issued an advisory for strong winds and rough seas extending from Puttalam to Kankesanturai via Mannar asking Naval and fishing communities not to venture out to shallow and deep waters in these areas.
These warnings, the Met Department said, are valid until the morning of December 5, when Burevi is expected to move out of Sri Lankan waters.
In her wake, the cyclone, which was born out of a low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal last week, has left nearly 70,000 people affected by the winds and the rain according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).
The worst-hit has been the Mannar district where 6,795 people required assistance with Jaffna coming in second with 3,393 according to the DMC.
Of these people more than 10,000 people have been moved to safety and are being given shelter by the authorities, DMC reported.
Folks in Trincomalee, the Sabaragamuwa Province as well as the North-Western Province have been affected with several hundred families having their homes damaged due to wind and floods. (Colombo, December 5, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana