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Friday, 01 December 2017 - 19:51
Weather havoc: 11 dead and 5 missing
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The Irrigation Department says that the prevailing rain would not pose any risk of major flooding.
 
However, Department’s Director Prema Hettiarachchi said that water levels of Nilwala, Gin and Kalu rivers are still rising due to incessant rain.
 
Minor floods were reported in Paanadugama and Kirama Ara due to the swelling of Nilwala river.
 
The water level of Gin has reached a level of flooding at Baddegama in Galle while Kalu river has created minor floods in Millakanda area.
 
Meanwhile, Army Media Spokesperson, Major General Roshan Senevirathna said that the tri-forces have kept 214 teams ready for deployment to assist any disaster situation.
 
It is reported that 11 persons have died and 5 others are missing due to the prevailing weather situation in the country.
 
52 persons have sustained injuries.
 
Meanwhile, bodies of 3 fishermen who were reported missing after their boat toppled off Kahawa found floating in the seas off today (01).
 
They had left for fishing from Dodanduwa Fisheries Habour.
 
Meanwhile, Director General of Department of Fisheries, Christy Lal Fernando told our news team that 30 fishing boats have been damaged.
 
In addition, the Disaster Management Center stated that 61,125 persons belonging to 18,752 families are affected by inclement weather.
 
Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organization has extended the landslide warning issued for Ratnapura, Kandy, Galle, Matale, Badulla, Hambantota and Kalutara districts.
 
The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said 50% of the total power breakdowns reported after the weather disaster have already been restored.
 
Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Media Spokesperson Sulakshana Jayawardana said that the rest of the breakdowns will be restored by tomorrow.
 
Meanwhile, Expressway Operation and Maintenance Affairs Director S. Opanayake requested motorists using the expressways to keep their maximum speed at 60kmph.
 
At the same time, the motorists are advised that the exit points at Kokmaduwa and Welipanna on the Southern Expressway are closed due to flash floods.
 
The road between Browns Hill and Matara town has been closed due to a landslide in Eliyakanda.
 
Meanwhile,  Railway Main Control Room announced that the train services on the upcountry line have been restricted beyond Nanu Oya until further notice.
 
Collapsed soil mounds and fallen tree have blocked the rail track, an official said.

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