Cyclone Burevi slams into eastern Sri Lanka...

Dhaka, Saturday   23 January 2021

Cyclone Burevi slams into eastern Sri Lanka

 International Desk

 Published: 01:07 PM, 3 December 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Tropical Cyclone Burevi slammed into Sri Lanka’s eastern coast on Wednesday night and was expected to damage coastal buildings and power lines, as well as unleash flash floods. 

However, more than 75,000 people have been evacuated from homes during the day on the east coast where Cyclone Burevi, packing winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour (56 miles per hour) was set to hit. 

The island’s disaster management centre advised those living near its path to stay indoors. 

Earlier in the day Athula Karunanayake, the chief of the meteorology department said the wind speeds could reach 80 to 90 kph (50 to 56 mph).

“Some areas will get more than 200 millimetres (8 inches) of rain.” 

Those evacuated, from the Trincomalee district expected to be hit the hardest, have been moved into 237 relief centres until the cyclone passes, disaster officials said. 

But Anuradha Yahampath, governor of the eastern province which includes Trincomalee, said some people were still resisting the evacuation effort.
“I am appealing to people to go to these camps as soon as possible,” he told local media.        

“I met some of the fishermen earlier. They are aware of the situation but they are still not ready to leave their homes.”

Schools in the northern and eastern provinces, home to millions of people, have been shut until at least Friday. 

By Thursday, the cyclone’s path will carry it northwest towards the Arabian Sea, Karunanayake said. 

Burevi, the second cyclone in the southern Bay of Bengal in a week, is projected to move into southern India by early on Friday, Indian weather officials have said but is expected to cause less damage there. - AFP