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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 - 19:41
South West monsoon hits Sri Lanka, landslide risk in 3 districts, Speed-limit on expressways set at 60kmph
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The Meteorological Department noted that very heavy showers, up to 150mm can be expected in the Western, Southern Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and Galle, Matara, Ratnapura and Kalutara districts.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

Meanwhile, several roads in the Galle district were inundated following heavy rains this afternoon.

At the same time, the two entry roads to Kande Viharaya at Aluthgama were also inundated after heavy rains in Kalutara area.

Our correspondent said that low lying areas of Darga Town in Aluthgama were also flooded.

Meanwhile, Disaster Management Center warns that people should be on alert as the water levels of main rivers are rising.

At the same time, roads in Thummulla, Colombo Fort, Olcott Mawatha, Amour Street, Borella Cemetery Roundabout and surroundings of the BMICH were also flooded following heavy rains in the Colombo city this afternoon.

In addition, 176 houses were damaged by strong winds which blew over Kaduruwela in Polonnaruwa last evening.

Electricity breakdowns have not yet been restored as uprooted trees had fallen on live power lines.

Meanwhile, Road Development Authority requested motorists to maintain their speed limit to 60kmph on expressways.

The Maintenance and Planning Director, S. Opanayake said that drivers should keep a distance of 50 meters with the other vehicles and also switch on head lights.

At the same time, Disaster Management Center has issued a landslide warning for the districts of Galle, Kalutara and Nuwara Eliya.

Meanwhile, the general public are also requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damage caused by lightning activity.

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