ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology has warned navy personnel and fishing communities not to venture out to the Southeast Arabian Sea area (04N-15N, 60E-75E) until further notice.
The met department has also has also advised those already in the aforementioned sea regions to return to land as soon as possible with the wind speed around the island expected to increase in the next three days.
The department said in a statement that wind speeds can increase up to 60-70kmph in the sea area extending from Kankasanturai to Colombo via Mannar, to 55-60 kmph in the sea in the sea area extending from Colombo to Hambantota via Galle and to 70-80 kmph in the southeast Arabian Sea areas due to the low pressure region over the Southeast Arabian Sea that has developed into a depression and lay centered today.
It is very likely to intensify into deep depression within next 12 hours, it added.
“The system is likely to move nearly northwestwards towards the Gujarat coast around May 18 morning,” the department said.
“Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture in the sea areas extending from Kankasanturai to Colombo via Mannar,” it added.
Met department data showed from May 14 to May 16 wind speeds can increase up to 60 kmph in Northern, North Central, North Western, Central, Uva, and Eastern provinces. In its statement, the department requested all residents to stay alert. (Colombo/May14/2021)