Cyclone Burevi moves away from Sri Lanka after minimum damage, say weather department officials

Incidents of flooding and tree felling were reported but property damage has largely been contained, as per Sri Lanka's meteorological department officials

Press Trust of India December 03, 2020 18:20:47 IST
Cyclone Burevi moves away from Sri Lanka after minimum damage, say weather department officials

Residents prepare sand bags to protect their homes ahead of cyclone Burevi's landfall in Sri Lanka. AFP

Colombo: Cyclone Burevi, which made landfall in Sri Lanka's Northern Province on Wednesday night, has not caused much damage but its after-effects will last for another 24 hours, the country's meteorological department said on Thursday.

The tropical cyclone made landfall in the island nation's Trincomalee district between Thiriyaya and Kuchchaveli villages last night, the Disaster Management Centre said.

Districts in the island's north and east received as much as 200 mm of rain. However, its impact was less than what was anticipated by the officials.

Incidents of flooding and tree felling were reported but property damage has largely been contained, officials said.

In a flash flood in Trincomalee district, 12 houses were submerged. Over 630 families were accommodated in temporary relief camps, while over 1,700 families made personal arrangements in safe locations.

In northern Vavuniya district, around 250 families had been evacuated, officials said.

The meteorological department said the cyclone will exit the country by early Thursday evening but the coastal areas will continue to be out of bounds as strong winds and heavy rain are predicted.

The effect of the cyclone will gradually diminish throughout the day, the department said.

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