Written by Bella Dalima
07 Oct, 2014 | 9:01 pm
The Met Department notes that a low pressure system has developed in the Southwest of the Bay of Bengal.
The Department adds that this system may affect the weather in the deep and shallow seas off the Eastern Coast of the country in the coming days.
Given the situation, permission has been sought for Sri Lankan fishermen aboard approximately 36 vessels, to enter Myanmar. Fishermen who were fishing in international waters informed the communications centre in Dickwella last evening of the low pressure system developing in the Southwest of the Bay of Bengal.
Following the notification, fishing vessels in proximity to the danger zone were referred to secure locations.Myanmar happened to be the closest safe location for a majority of these fishermen.
About 36 vessels were referred to safe locations in close proximity to Myanmar. According to the fishermen there are about 180 fishermen on these boats.
Speaking via satellite communications with the Communications Centre in Dickwella, the fishermen recounted the experience. Meanwhile, three vessels which approached Myanmar were seized by authorities there.
At about 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon it was reported that the Department of Fisheries had sought permission from Bangladesh and Myanmar for the fishermen and their boats to be granted safe haven there.
The Sri Lanka Navy meanwhile, says it has requested the Bangladesh and Myanmar Coast Guards, to look into the whereabouts of the Sri Lankan fishermen following the storm.
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