Ockhi claims lives of 8 fishermen from Sri Lanka; concerns over warnings

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has begun compensating the families of eight fishermen from Galle in Southern Sri Lanka, whose lives were claimed by tropical Cyclone amid concerns that warnings did not reach them in time.

Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardene said he had visited the homes of eight fishermen from his home district in Galle and handed over 100,000 rupees advance payment from one million rupees (about 6,400 US dollars) of compensation to be paid to each of them.

The lost fishermen were from the areas of Dodanduwa, Ratgama, Gonapinuwala, Pinkanda and Amabalagoda.

Abeywardene said after visiting the families that they were not aware that such severe weather would occur and warnings did not reach them.

Tropical Cyclone Ockhi, developed in the seas off Southern Sri Lanka and travelled towards the Arabian sea, with most of its fury vented in the sea.

Mainland Sri Lanka also experienced heavy rains and wind, leaving a total of 14 dead, including fishermen.


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