Cyclone Burevi kills 2 in Sri Lanka, Jaffna bears brunt as 95,000 affected

ECONOMYNEXT – Cyclone Burevi had killed two, destroyed 99 houses, damaged 3,496 house and over 95,000 were affected with Jaffna bearing the brunt as rains continued to lash the district, official data shows.

Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre said on December 07 that 79,564 persons were affected in the Jaffna district.

Many areas in Jaffna were flooded with heavy rains lashing the district after the epicentre of the storm passed the country.

As late as December 06, Jaffna experienced 193.9 millimetres of rain, Sri Lanka’s met office said.

Burevi weakened into a tropical depression as it hit Tamil Nadu, where 7 people died.

Tamil Guardian, an online new portal said many areas in Jaffna were flooded.

Two persons died in the district, though early warnings stopped many fishermen from going to sea.

In Kopay 15,561 persons from 4,981 families were affected and in Nallur 9.373 persons were affected. In central Jaffna 9,787 people were affected and in Chavakachcheri 8,708.

In Point Pedro 15 houses were destroyed and 1,322 houses were partially damaged. In Chankanai 61 houses were destroyed at 218 houses were partially damaged, the DMC said.

The cyclone had destroyed 99 houses damaged 3,486. Another 786 small businesses were also damaged.

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Sri Lanka Navy said heavy rains had flooded Punkudutivu Island leaving dozens of families displaced.

Disaster relief teams of Northern Naval Command had relocated 50 distressed families from the island to safe locations on December 03. They were also provided cooked-meals, dry rations, sanitary and medical facilities by the Navy, adhering to COVID -19 preventive guidelines.

North Central Naval Command on December 04 had distributed good given by Kilinochchi Divisional Secretariat and Kilinochchi Disaster Management Centre to 86 fishermen and their family members stranded on the Iranativu Island as a result of the cyclone.

In Mannar, 7,784 persons from 2,227 families were affected. (Colombo/Dec07/2020)

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