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Thursday, 07 September 2017 - 19:30
Rain likely to continue for 5 more days, Ratnapura inundated
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The Department of Meteorology today announced the possibility of the prevailing weather condition continuing until next Tuesday if a lower level atmospheric disturbance developed in the Bay of Bengal.

If the disturbance was to develop further, the prevailing showery weather condition in the south western part of the island is expected to continue until September 12.

Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organization has issued landslide warnings for Ratnapura, Kegalle, and Kalutara Districts due to the rainfall within the past 24 hours, which exceeded 150 mili meters.

Accordingly, this warning is for Eheliyagoda, Ayagama, Ratnapura, Elapatha, Kuruwita and Pelmadulla Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Ratnapura District, Dehiowita Divisional Secretariat Division in Kegalle District, and Bulathsinhala Divisional Secretariat Division in the Kalutara Distict.

The warning issued today at 1.30pm is effective for the next 24 hours.

NBRO requests civilians in these areas to be extra vigilant and evacuate to a safe location if the rains continue.

Ratnapura is the district most affected by the rainy weather conditions while minor floods were reported as the Kalu River had overflowed.

The Disaster Management Centre said that accordingly, Ayagama, Elapatha, Paldola, Batugedara and Kuruwita areas were completely submerged while few other areas had also experienced flooding.

220 families in the Ayagama area who were displaced have been given shelter at 3 camps.

Meanwhile, Director of the Aquatic Science Unit of the Irrigation Department, Prema Hettiarachchi said that it is possible that minor flooding may experience as Kalu Ganga and Attanagalle Oya have reached spill levels.

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