Sri Lanka and southern India battened down the hatches for a second time this week as another cyclone approaches from Bay of Bengal.
Sri Lanka has evacuated 75,000 people from homes on the east coast, where tropical cyclone Burevi, packing winds of 80 to 90 kilometres per hour is expected to hit the island nation late on Wednesday.
The cyclone is likely to damage coastal buildings and power lines and unleash flash floods, the island's disaster management centre said, advising those living near its path to stay indoors.
Those evacuated, from the Trincomalee district expected to be hit the hardest, have been moved into 237 relief centres until the cyclone passes, disaster officials said.
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Low Pressure is developing in Bay of Bengal and expected to be intensify into a Cyclonic Storm and to impact Sri Lanka and South India coming days (November 28 to December 4).
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"By this evening or night, the cyclone will hit land," said Athula Karunanayake, the chief of the meteorology department, adding that wind speeds could reach 80 to 90 kph.
"Some areas will get more than 200 mm (8 inches) of rain."
By Thursday, the cyclone's path will carry it northwest towards the Arabian Sea, he said, however.
Authorities in the Northern Province, home to more than a million people, will keep schools shut until at least Friday.
Burevi is projected to move into southern India by early on Friday, Indian weather officials have said, but is expected to cause less damage there.