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* Cyclone Burevi changes speed and path, government on standby to respond to the impact
Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 10:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 02, Colombo: The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka says that there has been a slight change in the path of Cyclone "Burevi".

The Meteorology Department said that the cyclone was expected to enter the country near Trincomalee this evening or at night, but at present the system is likely to enter the country near Mullaitivu and is expected make landfall as it moves inland from the sea.

The Meteorology Department said that people should be on high alert as the cyclone is expected to increase rainfall and wind speed as it moves across the country.

According to the latest meteorological data, Cyclone Burevi is expected to bring strong winds of 80-90 kmph gusting up to 100 kmph.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary (Retired) Major General Kamal Gunaratne said all disaster relief teams and the Armed Forces are on high alert to respond to any possible disaster and Defense Ministry has initiated all the measures to mitigate the damage that may cause due to the cyclonic storm.

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has initiated all the necessary steps to mitigate the risk of cyclonic storm ‘Burevi’ while coordinating all the stakeholder institutions under the directives of the Defense Ministry, said Maj. Gen. Gunaratne,

Defense Secretary said he has directed respective Government Agents/District Secretaries of the areas prone to cyclone hit to be standby for possible eventualities.

Further, he has directed Chief of Defense Staff, Tri-Forces Chiefs and Inspector General of Police to retain respective troops and Police officers on standby to respond to the calamity.

According to the Defense Secretary, respective state authorities and regional security forces heads in North, East, and Wanni along with the healthcare sector has initiated steps to mitigate potential hazards while assisting and educating the general public.

He asserted that the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has already coordinated and established civil and military disaster response with other stakeholder institutions.

Until further notice, fishing and naval communities are advised to avoid activities in the seas around the island while those who are currently fishing in these areas are advised to come ashore or reach a safe place as soon as possible.

Furthermore authorities request moving temporary coastal residents to safe places and other residents in affected areas to stay indoors. People are urged to protect themselves from falling trees and power lines, to avoid the use of landlines and electrical equipment during thunderstorms, and to be vigilant about possible adverse weather conditions in the future.

In case of an emergency, the Meteorology Department further instructed the public to seek assistance from the officers of the Regional Disaster Management Center and pay attention to the updates issued by the Department in this regard.

 

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