No major impact to Sri Lanka from cyclone

Cyclone Burevi has caused less impact than expected following its landfall in Sri Lanka last night, the Disaster management Centre (DMC) said today.

DMC Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili said no major impact was caused by the storm which had made landfall in Mullativu last night.

Incidents of trees falling, heavy rain, and strong winds in various parts of Mullativu had been reported during the storm.

Kodippili said cyclone Burevi has now moved towards the Gulf of Mannar.

District and DMC officials, together with the Police and tri-forces are on standby and prepared to face any disaster situation faced by the storm in Sri Lanka, he said.

Cyclone Burevi has affected 12,252 people after making landfall in Sri Lanka last evening.

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said the cyclone has further forced 10,336 people from 2911 families to be placed in 79 safe shelters.

Cyclone Burevi is currently situated close to the coastal area between Mannar and Pooneryn, and is gradually moving away from the island.

The DMC said the cyclone is expected to move West- Northwestwards and will head into the Gulf of Mannar by tomorrow morning (04).

Following its landfall, the cyclone has severely affected six districts in Sri Lanka as of this afternoon.

In the Mannar district, 7749 persons from 2236 families have been affected. Twelve properties have been damaged, while 6795 people from 1778 families have been placed in 18 safe shelters.

One person is reported to be missing and four other have sustained injuries in the Jaffna district. Nearly 2986 people from 829 families have been affected, while 167 properties have been damaged. Close to 539 persons from 139 families have been transferred to five temporary shelters.

Forty-one persons from ten families have been severely affected in the Kilinochchi district as a result of the cyclone.

Meanwhile, in the Mullaitivu district, 1149 people from 405 families have been affected, 1 property has been damaged, and 444 people from 130 families have been placed in four safe shelters.

Nearly 236 people from 74 families have been severely affected and five buildings have been damaged in the Vavuniya district.

The Disaster Management Centre said that 91 people from 21 families have been affected, 19 properties have been damaged, and 2558 persons from 864 families have been placed in 54 temporary shelters in the Trincomalee district.

With the cyclone moving away from Sri Lanka, the Meteorology Department has said storm surge of about 1-meter height above the astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying coastal areas extending from Pooneryn to Puttalam.

The Department further said showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Northern, North-Western and North Central Provinces, while heavy rainfall between 100-150 mm can also be expected.

The Naval and fishing communities have also been advised not to venture into the deep and shallow-sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Trincomalee via Mannar and Kankasanthurai until tomorrow morning.

The Met Department said fishermen have been advised to be vigilant in other sea areas as well. (Colombo Gazette)