All government schools in the Northern Province have been closed today (16) owing to the adverse weather condition instigated by the Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’, stated the Northern Province Governor’s Office.
The decision has been taken during a discussion held with the Northern Provincial officers of the Ministry of Education and the Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray.
In contemplation of the holiday given today, schools will be conducted on a forthcoming Saturday, the officers have said.
Meanwhile, with winds gusting up to 120 kmph cyclone Gaja made landfall in the Tamil Nadu state of India Friday morning.
The Department of Meteorology issuing an update on the storm this morning said, the severe Cyclonic Storm Gaja over the Southwest Bay of Bengal further moved west-southwestwards and crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast of South India in the wee hours of Friday.
“High winds (70-80) kmph, gusting up to 100kmph can be expected over Northern province, particularly over the Jaffna peninsula and strong winds (50-60) kmph, gusting up to 70kmph can be expected over Puttalam and Anuradhapura districts in the morning,” the Department cautioned.
The Meteorology Department said the system is very likely to move westwards and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm during next six hours and it is likely to move away from the country by today (16th)
Hence windy and showery condition in the Northern part of the island and Northern sea area is expected to reduce gradually from this evening.