Sri Lanka has evacuated 75,000 people from homes on the east coast, where tropical cyclone Burevi, packing winds of 80 to 90 kilometres per hour is expected to hit the island nation late on Wednesday (Dec 2).
The warning issued by the Sri Lanka authorities stated that it is expected to landfall between 7 pm and 9 pm (IST) between Trincomalee and Point-Pedro, close to Mullaitivu.
Those evacuated from the Trincomalee district, expected to be hit the hardest, have been moved into 237 relief centres until the cyclone passes, disaster officials said.
Burevi is projected to move into southern India by early on Friday, Indian weather officials have said, but is expected to cause less damage there.
India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said late on Tuesday it had deployed 26 teams across the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala