No official word yet about cyclone


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005

COLOMBO: The Malaysian High Commission here has not received any official word of a cyclone building up off the east coast of Sri Lanka. 

“We read about it in the newspapers but no official confirmation has been given to us,” said a High Commission official. 

The official said the High Commission would be monitoring developments to alert all Malaysians in the country, including medical relief teams operating in tsunami-hit areas. 

Three medical relief teams – Malaysian Medical Relief Task Force (Hindu Sangam), Mercy Malaysia (assessment team) and Tzu Chi Malaysia medical team – were already operating in the country, said the official. 

“Malaysian Red Crescent Society members and Global Peace Malaysia members will also be in the country within this week,” added the official. 

An AFP report said the Meteorological Department in Sri Lanka had issued alerts to the public through the radio. 

However, a report carried by The Island newspaper said at the moment the low-pressure build-up in the Bay of Bengal was not a cyclone but there was a possibility of it developing into one within the next 24 hours.  

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