ECONOMYNEXT – The government is warning residents of the Northern and Eastern areas of the country to take extra precautions as Cyclone Burevi bears down on the island packing 100 kmph winds.
Burevi will make landfall later tonight and her ferocity will be unleashed on the Trincomalee and Batticaloa areas first and then move through the North Central province until the expected exit through the Gulf of Mannar sometime tomorrow, according to the Disaster Management Centre.
The worst impact will be between Batticaloa and Point Pedro in Sri Lanka and across the Southern Tamilnadu Coastline.
Burevi, a Dhivehi word for Mangroves, is a cyclonic storm that has been brewing in the Bay of Bengal for several weeks due to a low-pressure system, according to the Sri Lankan Met Department.
The Sri Lanka Navy has moved much of its fleet out of the Trincomalee harbour and the bigger vessels are now anchored at the Hambantota Port, Navy Spokesman Captain Indika de Silva told EconomyNext.
“We were concerned at the bigger vessels being in close proximity to each other,” he said.
The government also instructed local officials to ensure that all coastal fishing vessels are brought ashore and secured, a statement issued through the Department of Government Information said.
The Director-General of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department S J Kahawatte said coastal vessels must be “dragged ashore and tied securely to avoid a large-scale destruction of the fleet.”
Multi-day fishing vessels were instructed to return to harbour before the cyclone hits the East Coast if they are in waters off that part of the island.
Burevi’s fury will also touch the Central, Sabaragamuwa and Western parts of the island and winds up to 80kmph will hit these areas later tonight and tomorrow, according to the Met Department. (Colombo, December 2, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana