Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has cautioned sea travelers to be wary while traveling due to rough seas followed by the storm churning between Maldives and neighboring Sri Lanka.
MNDF cited the Maldives Meteorological Services having predicted squally rain showers and thunderstorms to prevail over most of the country with rough seas for the next 48 hours, and so, cautions sea travelers to plan their trips ahead, after taking the turbulent weather conditions into account.
While MET predicts swell wave surges during high tides as well, all sea travelers are urged to check the forecast beforehand and notify someone before setting off on sea routes. Further, travelers are cautioned to be extra vigilant while travelling by sea at night.
Travelers are also urged to refrain from exceeding the weight limit for carrying cargo and goods on-board vessels while traveling, following the risk of sea incidents due to rough seas.
MNDF went on to urge those organizing water sports and activities to take the weather into consideration when planning out activities.
Vessel owners have also been urged to maintain their boats well and be well equipped to face any incidents that may happen.
If a sea incident surfaces, travelers are required to contact toll-free number, 191 as soon as possible.
MET Office had issued a yellow alert across Haa Alif and Laamu atolls on Tuesday morning, followed by a white alert over the entirety of the country from 12:30pm to 4pm.