Met. Dept. withdraws popular king’s name from storm

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Following protests by experts and academics, the Meteorological Department yesterday withdrew the name, Mahasen, it had given to the cyclone now placed 650 km away from Trincomalee.

Met. Department Director H. Kariyawasam apologised for having named a cyclonic storm after an ancient Sriā€ˆLankan king.

He said that the cyclone had been named by an international committee after considering the name submitted by Sri Lanka in 2003.Kariyawasam said they had, however, requested the same committee to remove the name while the storm was still active.

Meanwhile, senior Prof. J. B. Dissanayaka said that it was shame to give a name of an all time great king to a storm.

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