Cyclone Burevi makes landfall

2020-12-02 at 21:36

Cyclone Burevi has made landfall in Sri Lanka between Trincomalee and Mullaitivu.

The Department of Meteorology confirmed that the cyclone made landfall in the east coast a short while ago.

The cyclone with a wind speed of 80-90kmph gusting up to 100kmph is expected to move across Sri Lanka towards the Gulf of Mannar.

The Cyclone Burevi, is expected to impact all provinces in the country, either directly or indirectly.

Acting Director General of the Department of Meteorology Athula Karunanayake said storm surges, floods, heavy showers and gusty winds can be expected in several areas during the next few hours.

Due to the system, storm surges of about one-meter height are likely to inundate low lying coastal areas extending from Trincomalee to Kankesanthurai and in Pooneryn to Puttalam.

Under the influence of the system, the sea area around the island will be rough and the Naval and fishing communities have been warned not to venture out until further notice.

The Met Department also said intermittent showers are expected in the Northern and North-western provinces with very heavy rainfall above 150mm at some places.

The Met Department stated that damage to infrastructure, buildings, crops and plantations are likely due to strong winds and flash floods.

The Met Department requested the public to remain vigilant regarding the impending extreme weather situation and contact local disaster management authorities for emergency assistance.