Cyclone‘Burevi’ Enters SL
By Naalir Jamaldeen
The Meteorology Department, yesterday (2), warned that the cyclonic storm ‘Burevi’ formed over the South-West of Bay of Bengal is located near the island of Sri Lanka and entered the country from Trincomalee and Point Pedro close to Mullaitivu.
This cyclonic storm with a wind force from 80 to 90 kilometres per hour (kmph) moved nearly westwards and thereafter will emerge into the Gulf of Mannar today (3) morning, according to the Met Department.
The Department said, due to this change in the atmosphere, the storm was expected to surge up to one metre height above astronomical tide and is likely to inundate low-lying coastal areas from Trincomalee to Kankesanturai and from Pooneryn to Puttalam.
The strong gusty winds were expected to be from 80 to 100 kilometres per hour (kmph) in the Northern, North-Central, Eastern, North-Western, Western, Central and other provinces.
However, the strong gusty winds are expected to be from 60 to 70 kilometres per hour (kmph) today (3) in these aforesaid regions.
The Meteorology Department added that the wind velocity is expected to drop from 30 to 40 kilometres per hour (kmph) at times tomorrow in the aforesaid regions, except for the Sabaragamuwa Province and in some other provinces, where wind velocity is expected to be 50 to 60 kilometres per hour (kmph) at times.
Meanwhile, Trincomalee District Secretary, Saman Dharshana, stated yesterday that measures had been taken to send nearly 40,000 persons in the coastal areas in the Trincomalee District to safer ground.
The District Secretary said those who refused to move were persuaded by security forces to move to safer ground.
He said they were sent to temples, schools and mosques in the region. Steps have been taken to provide them with food and other facilities, the District Secretary added.
Meanwhile, the Northern Province Governor, yesterday, stated that the people in the Northern Province have been advised to take adequate precautions to safeguard themselves from the impending disaster and instructed those residing in the coastal areas to move inward.
Meanwhile, residents in Negombo stated that hundreds of turtles were found floating in the shallow seas.
Details regarding the damage as a result of the cyclone were not available when going to press.