Friday, 26 December 2014 - 19:56
750,000 persons affected; Several irrigation tanks and rivers at spill level
The Disaster Management Center stated that 750’000 people have been affected by the inclement weather that has been prevailing in 17 districts.
The center also stated that steps were taken to evacuate over 60’000 displaced persons to safe places.
Meanwhile several main roads throughout the country have been inundated thereby disturbing the transport in the areas.
The Disaster Management center also stated that the clearing of affected roads are still continuing and informs road users to obtain details from the emergency Number 117 or 011 267 000.
Disaster Management Center Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili further describes about services to road users.
Meanwhile Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.G.P. Kumarasiri requested road users in the district to take caution as soil mounds could be fallen to roads.
Meanwhile Irrigation Department stated 61 reservoirs out of 73 are still overflowing.
The Department states that spill gates of Naula and Bowatenna have been fully opened due to heavy showers and requested people to take caution.
The water level of the Kelani River could be increased as the spill gates of the Castlereigh reservoir have been opened.
People living in low lying areas of the Kelani River have been warned to be vigilant as flash floods could hit these areas.
Meanwhile 6 spill gates of Veheragala reservoir of Kataragama will be kept open further.
At the same time, tri forces members have been deployed to rescue the flood affected people. About 2’000 soldiers have been deployed in the Polonnaruwa district itself.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Air force stated that two helicopters have been deployed in rescue mission and relief transports.
363 million rupees have been allocated to provide necessary relief to the flood affected people.
At the same time, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told our news team that stern action will be taken against the officials who do not assist in relief works.
Meanwhile Meteorologist on duty Nimal Bandara Ekanayake stated that the prevailing stormy weather condition would gain momentum as it is turning into a low pressure region.