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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 - 9:04
Showers Likely To Recede From Tomorrow; 19 Deaths So Far
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Due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions 19 deaths have been reported so far.

The Disaster Management center stated that 346 thousand 229 persons belonging to 81 thousand 212 families have been affected due to inclement weather.

Deputy Director of the Centre Pradeep Kodippillai stated that 137 thousand persons are also displaced.

Meanwhile the landslide warning issued on the districts of Matale, Badulla, Moneragala, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara and Kurunegala have been further extended for the next 24 hours.

The met department states that the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal has developed in to a depression and located 280km’s north of Kankasanturai.

It has moved away from the island and rainy conditions over island, particularly North part of the Island will gradually reduce during next few days as the system is further moving away from the island.

However, rainy weather is expected continue in the South-west part and strong windy conditions, particularly in the sea areas around the island will continue further.

Duty Meteorologist Srimal Herath stated that heavy falls more than 100 mili meters are likely at some places.

At the same time, low line areas along the banks of Kelani River have been affected as the river has started to overflow.

An emergency Operations Room has been established as a result of the prevailing adverse weather conditions.

Accordingly the Ops Room has been established at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff.

The public can contact the Ops Room by calling the numbers 0112-674502, 0112-674503, 0113-075792, 0113-070275 or 0113-818612.

Meanwhile, the Road Development Authority requested the public to inform any road blockages, landslide situations or any other hindrances to the roads due to the severe weather conditions by calling RDA hotline 1968. 

All schools in the Sabaragamuwa Provinces have also been closed until flood waters recede.

Meanwhile, entry and exit from the Kaduwela Interchange along the Southern Expressway, has been closed due to flooding in the surrounding areas.

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