AFAP manages the Australian-Pacific Centre for Emergency and Disaster Information (APCEDI) to provide news on natural disaster events in the Asia-Pacific region and to help with rapid disaster response assessment. This was originally a communications network that was activated during a disaster to disseminate information to our Asia-Pacific NGO offices. Now APCEDI has a much wider application across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

APCEDI ALERT BOBW Cyclone 02B #10, 2005: Cyclone 02B Dissipating

Cyclone 02B has continued to dissipate today. The Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology is monitoring the remnants of the storm. These remnants still have some potential to bring localised heavy rains, gusty winds, isolated coastal and flash flooding and rough seas to places close to the main convection areas. Thus people should remain alert.

The system continues to bring intermittent showers to Batticaloa, Ampara and Hambantota Districts, and these could become more widespread and heavy in the next 24 hours over the East, Uva and South Provinces. All interests in Sri Lanka especially from Jaffna to Galle should continue to monitor this system for the next 24-36 hours at which point it should be dissipated.

This will be the last APCEDI alert on this system unless it unexpectedly regenerates.


18 January 2005
Showers will continue in the Eastern and Uva provinces and in the Hambantota, Matale and Pollonaruwa districts. Fairly heavy falls are also expected at a few places. Sea areas off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Hambantota via Pottuvil will be fairly rough and fairly windy at times.

While APCEDI does not normally monitor cyclones in the Bay of Bengal, given AFAP's tsunami relief effort and that of many agencies in the region, APCEDI will continue to bring reports from this region, as warranted, for the next 6 months.

Kevin Vang
APCEDI Coordinator

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