The system is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours.
The system is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross the eastern coast of Sri Lanka between Batticaloa and Point-Pedro around Wednesday (02) evening or night.
Accordingly, the Disaster Management Centre requested the fishing and naval communities in the sea areas around the island not to venture into the sea until further notice.
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Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Center, Pradeep Kodippili stated that all disaster management units were prepared to deal with the cyclone situation.
Meanwhile, Governor of the Eastern Province Anuradha Yahampath stated that all schools in the Eastern Province will be closed for three days from tomorrow (02) to next Friday (04) in accordance with the announcement made by the Meteorological Department that a cyclone will enter the Eastern Coastal Zone within the next 24 hours.
The Governor said that the decision was taken as schools would have to be used as IDP camps for the people affected by the cyclone.