Sri Lanka shuts schools as extreme weather brings pollution


PTI, Dec 9, 2022, 4:23 PM IST

Schools across Sri Lanka were closed on Friday as health and environment officials said the air quality in most parts of the island nation was unhealthy partly due to extreme weather conditions.

Polluted air from neighbouring India was aggravating the problem, authorities said, as a storm in the Bay of Bengal triggered heavy rains and winds across Sri Lanka in recent days.

A haze hung over the capital, Colombo, and other parts of the country, with the level of fine particles in the air reaching unhealthy levels.

“The current pollution has arisen due to the combination of local air pollutants and transboundary air pollution,” said the National Building Research Organisation, a state agency involved in environmental monitoring and risk management.

“This condition can be seen in all parts of Sri Lanka and it has a tendency to cause health problems,” it added.

Director General of Health Services Asela Gunawardena said the condition would continue for the next two weeks and he advised people to limit the amount of time they spend outdoors and to wear a face mask when they are outside to minimize their health risk.

At least two people were killed and another two were injured as heavy rains and winds lashed many parts of Sri Lanka the past two days. Dozens of houses were damaged by falling trees and several roads were blocked.

The Department of Meteorology said Friday that a severe cyclonic storm was in the Bay of Bengal, about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northeast of Sri Lanka, and likely to move toward India.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Padupanambur: Two dead in hit-and-run case; ‘Mad in Kudla’ comedian Arpith arrested

Pressure cookers, digital clocks… freebies galore in poll-bound Karnataka

Bomb blast near Sunny Leone’s fashion show venue in Imphal

Raichur: Crocodile attacks nine-year-old boy

Bidar: Former CM’s son booked in assault case

Helmets for Sikh soldiers? Top Gurdwara body opposes move amid reports

Moodbidri: 61-yo man murdered by tipper driver for asking to drive slowly


Related Articles More

Biden makes progress on ‘unity agenda’ outlined in 2022

Chinese balloon to remain over US skies for a few days: Pentagon

Jury: Musk didn’t defraud investors with 2018 Tesla tweets

13 dead in Chile amid struggle to contain raging wildfires

Elon Musk listens while vilified, hailed as tweet trial ends

MUST WATCH

Success Story of Mr bean

| Malpe fish market

Mahindra on Bengaluru waiter balancing 16 plates

Another dead body found at Charmadi Ghat

voting boycott continued in mudigere assembly


Latest Additions

BJP govt at Centre fighting with everyone, alleges Kejriwal

Padupanambur: Two dead in hit-and-run case; ‘Mad in Kudla’ comedian Arpith arrested

Pressure cookers, digital clocks… freebies galore in poll-bound Karnataka

ED questions Rahul Gandhi’s aide in money laundering case against TMC functionary

Pressure cookers, digital clocks… freebies galore in poll-bound Karnataka

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.