SL fishermen in troubled waters: Storm hovers as permission is sought to enter Myanmar

SL fishermen in troubled waters: Storm hovers as permission is sought to enter Myanmar

Written by Staff Writer

07 Oct, 2014 | 1:43 pm

The Department of Meteorology says that the low depression reported in the southeastern seas in the Bay of Bengal is likely to develop into a storm within the next two days .

The Director of the Department S.R. Jayasekera speaking to News 1st said that fishermen are strongly advised not to set out to sea.

Meanwhile, a group of Sri Lankan fishermen who had set out to sea from the Southern Coast and requested permission to enter Myanmar waters, are yet to receive permission.

Nadun Tharaka who communicated with the Fishermen from Dickwella via satellite telephone said that , around 180 fishermen who had set out in 31 vessels are stranded and it has been requested to allow them to enter into Myanmar waters.

Meanwhile, three fishing vessels have been seized by Myanmar authorities for entering their waters. Two of the remaining vessels stranded at seas have received permission to enter in to Myanmar waters.

Nandun Tharaka gave us following details about the situation.

“Discussion held between our government and the Myanmar Government has resulted in only two vessels being given permission to enter their sea area. Skipper of the Sanjana Duwa 2 vessel has informed us that legal permission has been provided for them to enter Myanmar waters and ensure their safety. It has also been reported that two other vessels have been given permission to enter their territory. What we ask is that  the government and the authorities to look in to this issue and save the lives of all the fishermen and not only the lives of those in the two vessels that have received permission.”

When News 1st contacted the Sri Lankan Embassy in Myanmar, the Ambassador H.R.Piyasiri said that a group of Sri Lankan fishermen along with three vessels have been arrested by the Myanmar Coast Guard.

He added that the embassy is working to ascertain more details on the fishermen. He went on to say that there are around 17 Sri Lankan fishermen aboard those vessels.

Meanwhile the Director of the Department of Meteorology cautions fishermen to refrain from setting out to see beyond 90 degrees west longitude.

Director General of the Department of Fisheries also requests fishermen to refrain from setting out to sea today, Tuesday, October 7.

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