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Never said 'Burevi' would become violent storm: Met Dept.

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Dismissing certain media reports where it was mentioned that cyclone Buruvi would become a violent storm, the Meteorology Department Director General Athula Karunanayake today clarified saying that he never mentioned that the cyclone 'Burevi' would become a violent storm.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, he said the typical features of a violent storm were not shown by Buruvi and therefore he never said it was a violent storm.

“I said very categorically the path of the storm would change and move away from the island, ” he added.

Karunanayake stressed that the damage that would have caused to the country by the recent cyclonic storm was mitigated through the commitment by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) officials and security personnel under the guidance of the President and the Defence Secretary.

“We were also very keen on issuing accurate advisories on the calamity with the support of the DMC. Also, appropriate steps were taken to evacuate people from areas identified as vulnerable,” he added.

The cyclone 'Burevi' slammed into the eastern coast on Wednesday night and caused some damage to coastal buildings and power lines, as well as unleashed flash floods.

According to DMC, no critical damage was caused to respective areas due to the cyclone.

However, it said one person went missing while four others were injured and over 12,000 people were affected due to the the cyclone that hit the north-eastern shores. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Joshua Saturday, 05 December 2020 09:37 PM

    Yes Met department survives as long as the word "might' is in the dictionary. A highly ineffective set of officials

    DillonDP Saturday, 05 December 2020 10:41 PM

    It's ok just cause our met. Said it would be violent storm I was pretty sure it would be ok, however there was a lot of flooding in north

    Sansara Sunday, 06 December 2020 02:02 AM

    Sri Lankan seem to be having a weird mentality, without being happy over low intensity of the storm and less damage, they are critical of the Met Dept. OMG

    Manta Sunday, 06 December 2020 06:13 AM

    It could have gone either way, but what ever way the people would have prepared for the worse. The funny thing is when the Met dept correclty predicts, nobody says anything but when they are wrong everyone complains!


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