Three dead, many houses damaged as cyclone “Mandous” advances

Three dead, many houses damaged as cyclone “Mandous” advances

December 9, 2022   11:59 pm

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says three people have died so far after the cyclonic storm “Mandous” made landfall in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, at least 13,000 houses have sustained damages as a result of prevailing adverse weather conditions.

Reportedly, a 51-year-old woman from Morahela area in Balangoda died after a branch of a tree fell on to her while she was picking tea leaves.

According to the Department of Meteorology, this cyclonic storm located 20km north-northeast of Jaffna near latitude 12.0N and longitude 80.8E at 5.30 p.m. today.

It is expected to move from southwest Bay of Bengal northwestwards and cross northern Tamil Nadu, Punducherry and South Andhra Pradesh coast tonight.

Under the influence of this system, the deep and shallow sea areas of northern and eastern
coast will be very rough to high with very strong gusty winds and heavy rain.

Further, the Meteorology Department warned of swell waves increasing up to 2.5m - 3.5m in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kankesanturai to Batticaloa via Trincomalee and swell waves can increase up to 2.0m - 2.5m in the sea areas off the coast extending from Galle to Batticaloa via
Hambantota and Pottuvil. 

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