Water level continues to rise in submerged areas of Colombo due to the overflowing of Kelani River
The Irrigation Department says that it will take several days to recede flood waters of the low line areas by the Kelani River.
Director of the Department’s Water Management Unit Prema Hettiarachchi said the water level of the River has been increased tremendously due to heavy showers lashed in its catchments three days ago.
Meanwhile, the water level gauge of the Kelani River at Nagalagam Street reached its maximum degree this afternoon.
The water level gauge which marked 7.4 yesterday reached to 7.6 this afternoon.
Several areas of Colombo city limit including Thotalanga, Kelanimulla, Sedawatta, Wellampitiya, Kolonnawa, Angoda have gone underwater today as well.
Meanwhile the water level of the Kelani River in Hanwella area has been reduced today.
The water level gauge which marked 10 feet yesterday has decreased to nine feet today.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe toured in flood hit Wellampitiya area to inspect the situation of the displaced persons.
In addition, the death toll due to the disaster caused by the inclement weather has risen to 58.
According to the latest statistics released by the Disaster Management Center, there are 299,806 displaced persons are sheltered in 611 temporality makeshift camps.
Over 400,000 people have been affected by the catastrophe.
The Meteorological Department states that the North Western province could receive further rain despite the depression is disappearing from the island.
In addition, Sri Lanka Air force inform the flood victims to issue signals either by raising hand or any other form from where they are caught up to enable air force rescue teams to drop food and other needs.
Meanwhile, our news team requests its listeners living in the low line arrears of the Kelani River valley to move away immediately for safer places as the water level of the river estuary is fast increasing.