ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s fishing community has been advised to take precautionary measures as the monsoon rains begin on the island.
The meteorology department issued a red warning on Monday August 01 for strong winds and rough seas in several areas.
“Southwest monsoon flow is likely to strengthen from today onwards. Showery and windy conditions are likely to enhance in the western and southern sea areas during the next few days,” a statement from the meteorology department said.
“Strong winds up to 60-70kph and very rough seas can be expected in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota from today onwards.”
Fishermen and the naval community are advised not to venture out to the seas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota until further notice.
Wind speed is also expected to increase up to 50-60 kmph in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kankasanturai to Puttalam via Mannar.
These sea areas will also be rough at times, the Met Department said.
Swell waves of about 2.5-3.5 meters in height are also expected in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota.
The meteorology department advises to take the following measures:
Naval and multi-day fishing communities are advised not to venture out for fishing and naval activities in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota until further notice.
They also requested to be attentive regarding future forecasts issued in this regard.
Rainfall amount (mm): Light: 00-12.5, Light to moderate: 12.5-25, moderate: 25-50, Fairly Heavy rain: 50 -100,
Heavy rain: 100 – 150, Very heavy rain: 150 or more. (Colombo/Aug01/2022)