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Northern Province schools closed due to cyclonic storm Gaja

Schools in the Northern Province were closed on Friday due to adverse weather conditions caused by the cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’.

Although Sri Lanka’s meteorology department predicted that the storm would move away from the island this evening, the North-East, particularly the Jaffna peninsula, has been hit by severe rains and windy conditions.

Fisherman were advised not to venture into the sea, from Trincomalee in the East, to Kankesanthurai in the North, and Mannar in the North-West.

The storm is reported to have caused over twenty deaths in coastal Tamil Nadu.