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Monday, 16 May 2016 - 8:31
Rain to continue- beware of disasters
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The Department of Meteorology says that heavy showers exceeding 150mm are to be expected in many parts of the island within the next 24 hours.

According to the department, the depression which was developing near the island has moved towards the centre of the island.

In addition, the department caution the public to remain vigilant, as the wind speeds may suddenly increase up to 70 to 80 kmph.

Meanwhile, due to the inclement weather, landslide warning has been issued to 8 districts.

According to the National Building Research Organization, the districts are namely Matale, Badulla, Moneragala, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Kegalle and Kurunegala.

In addition, 4 spill gates have been automatically opened in Upper Kotmale reservoir following the torrential downpour which fell across the central hills.

The Duty Engineer of the reservoir noted that the remaining two spill gates would be opened if the rainy weather persists.

All 6 spill gates of Weheragala reservoir in Moneragala have also been opened, after it reached the spill level.

Director of Irrigation Department’s Water management and Training S. Mohanaraja noted that the water level of Menik River is likely to increase, since the surplus water of the reservoir will be released to Menik River.

Meanwhile, traffic has been disrupted in Buttala – Kataragama road, after a bridge collapsed at Gonaganara area.

He also noted that after 7 spill gates of Deduru Oya reservoir was opened, the low lying areas in Wariyapola, Mahawa and Puttalam district have been submerged.

Irrigation Department says that despite the steady rising of water levels in all main rivers, only the Mahaweli and Kelani rivers have reached closer to the flood level.

The department also noted that Norwood, Nawalapitiya and Peradeniya areas might be affected due to this reason.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre cautions the drivers to be vigilant of the thick fog covering the western slopes of the central hills.

The RDA too has cautioned the drivers to maintain a controllable speed of 60 kilometers per hour while travelling along the highways.

In addition, traffic has been disrupted in several areas due to landslips, including Ella- Wellawaya road, Matale Yatawatta road.

According to the Puttalam Disaster Management Centre, the increase in water level of Kala Oya has caused the Old Mannar Road in Puttalam to be submerged at Eluwankulama area.

Reports also indicated that 14 houses at Laidbrooke estate in Nuwara Elliya and over 60 houses in Nalloruwa area in Panadura have been damaged due to strong winds sweeping across these areas.

In addition, 51 houses in Balapitiya Galle have been submerged due to floods.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has declared several emergency contact numbers for the public to obtain emergency services.

Accordingly, army operations centre can be reached by dialing

011 24 34 251

Or navy operations centre by dialing

011 24 45 368

Or Air Force operations centre by dialing

011 23 43 970


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