ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka Meteorological Department has warned people to be cautious of thundershowers accompanied by severe lighting between 2pm to 10pm, today (April 12) across 17-districts in the island.
Parts of Central, Sabaragamuwa, Western, Northwestern and Northern provinces are identified as high-risk (red) areas.
Except Batticaloa, all the other areas are either in high-risk of thundershowers or at moderate level of risk, the met department said.
“There may be temporary localised strong winds during thundershowers. The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by lightning.”
The department advises people to remain indoors and to never take shelter under trees during lightning. The public is also advised to avoid open fields such as tea plantations, paddy fields and open water bodies during a thunderstorm.
Even using open vehicles such as boats, tractors and bicycles are inadvisable, the met department said.
Use of wired telephones and connected appliances are also to be avoided. (Colombo/Apr12/2021)