Atmospheric turbulence spells trouble for fishermen

Atmospheric turbulence spells trouble for fishermen

Written by Bella Dalima

03 Dec, 2013 | 9:52 pm

The Department of Meteorology says that the atmospheric turbulence surrounding the country has developed into a low pressure zone and is moving towards the eastern coastal belt.

The Department cautions that this weather pattern may result in rough seas in the respective areas.

The Department of Meteorology says that showers or thundershowers will be experienced in the coastal areas from Galle to Jaffna via Batticaloa.

The Department in its forecast added that the wind speeds of upto 70 kmph can be expected in those areas. The Department of Meteorology went on to say that other sea areas will also receive showers from time to time accompanied by wind speeds of upto 60 kmph.

The Department has appealed to the fishermen to exercise caution when setting out to sea. Fishermen from the Hambantota refrained from setting out to sea from the Hambantota Fisheries Harbour on Tuesday, due to the inclement weather.

Fishermen in Batticaloa also refrained from setting out to sea on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a fishermen who set out to sea from the Veernagan area in Trincomalee drowned when the boat he was travelling in toppled over. Our Correspondent based in the area said that the boat topped over 200 metres away from the harbout, due to gale winds.

Three fishermen were aboard the boat at the time of the incident,  two of them had managed to survive and swim ashore.

The deceased fisherman, Agalaraja Justice was a 37 year old father of three. His body is currently lying at the Trincomalee Base Hospital.

Meanwhile, two fishermen who set out to sea from Negombo in the Pesanalee 5 multi day fishing vessel and were reported missing were brought to the Kottagoda Fisheries Harbour on Tuesday.

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