May 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Meteorology Department apologized today for using a great king's name to identify a cyclone brewing up near the island in Bay of Bengal built up near Sri Lanka.
The Meteorological Department announced that the name Mahasen would not be further used for the turbulence.
Sinhala Buddhist organization Ravana Power protested the use of the past king's name for the cyclone.
The secretary of the Ravana Power Ven. Ittekande Saddhathissa Thero named the use of the name as a foolish decision.
He further said the organization would not oppose naming the cyclone as 'Prabhakaran' the slain leader of the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which led a three decade war.
However, S.R. Jayasekara, a director in charge of weather forecasting defended the concept saying that the name was suitable since cyclones rendered a service by taking away the heat from the tropical areas and causing rain to provide water for cultivation.