Travel advisory issued to Indians in Sri Lanka after fire on MV X-Press Pearl

A travel advisory has been issued to Indians in Sri Lanka following the fire on the ship, MV X-Press Pearl.

In view of the developments connected with the fire on the ship, Indian nationals currently in Sri Lanka have been advised to refrain from going close to the seas off Colombo and Negombo, the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka said.

All Indians in Sri Lanka and planning to travel to Sri Lanka may kindly keep abreast of Covid related restrictions recently imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka.

The High Commission of India said it will provide regular updates depending on the situation.

The vessel had first appealed for help on Friday (21) after a fire had broken out due to an explosion as a result of a chemical reaction.

The Sri Lanka Navy together with the Ports Authority had launched an operation to contain the fire and tug the vessel further away from Sri Lanka.

Twenty-five crew members were rescued from the vessel after the fire reignited yesterday (Tuesday), while two Indian nationals among them were hospitalised after sustaining serious injuries. (Colombo Gazette)