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Sri Lanka fishermen asked to stay ashore as cyclone Amphan intensifies

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has asked fishermen to stay ashore and those at sea to return as a cyclonic storm in the Indian Ocean was set to intensify in the Bay of Bengal off the eastern coast of the island with shore areas also likely to see storm surges.

“Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the shallow and deep sea areas around the Island until further notice,” Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology said.

“Those who are out at Sea over these regions are advised to return to coasts or moved safer areas immediately.”

“It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm by 18th morning,” the Met department said.

“It is very likely to move north-northwest wards initially untill 17th and then re-curve north-northeastwards towards west Bengal coast during 18th to 20th May.

Cyclonic storm Amphan was about 600 kilometres off Trincomalee in the early hours of Sunday.

Waves of up to 2.5 meters could develop resulting storm surges.

“There is a possibility that near shore sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambanthota may experience surges due to the effect of swell waves, having (2.0-2.5) m height.