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No major effects on Sri Lanka from Cyclone Fani: DMC

Tropical cyclone Fani won’t have any major effects on Sri Lanka in the coming days, even though nearly 800,000 people in India’s east coast were evacuated yesterday, Deputy Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Director Pradeep Kodippili said.

The cyclone is said to be packing wind speeds up to 200 kilometres per hour, he added.

“The major effects of the cyclone have died down, yet 25 districts have taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its communities. We have deployed DMC officers in these areas in case of an emergency,” Kodippili added.

Rs.1 million has been provided to district sectaries to use in case of a disaster, he said, adding that more funds would be provided for relief if the need arises.

He said that for the past three to four days, fishermen were warned not to engage in fishing till the seas calmed. Residents of coastal areas such as Hambantota, Puttalam, Mannar, and Jaffna were warned of a possible cyclone and operation teams are on standby, in case of an emergency.

According to reports, more than 780,000 people were evacuated from 13 districts in the Odisha State in India, that will bear the brunt of the cyclone.


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