The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered the suspension of classes in public schools throughout the country this Friday, when the arrival of the huge cloud of pollution from India brought by cyclone ‘Mandous’ is expected, a few hours away. to touch earth.
Air quality has improved a bit on Friday but remains unhealthy in the capital Colombo and extremely noxious in townships like Badulla, according to data from the National Research Organization.
For this reason, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Education has decided to declare this Friday a special holiday “for all public schools”, according to the statement collected by the NewsFirst portal.
“The decision was made after consulting the Meteorology Department and the Disaster Management Center on the current weather situation, in which heavy smog is being experienced in many parts of the country,” the note added.
At the same time, the national meteorological agency has warned that the ‘Mandous’ will make landfall towards the north coast of Tamil-Nadu around midnight from Friday to Saturday, local time (around 8:00 p.m. in mainland Spain), with waves around 2.5 to 3.5 meters high, with the possibility of downpours in Sabaragamuwa province and in the populated municipalities of Galle, Matara and Trincomalee.
Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast stretching from Mannar to Pottuvil via Kankasanturai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa and south-west Bay of Bengal to New warning.