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Sunday, 20 May 2018 - 19:43
Death toll in weather-related incidents risen to 4
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The Met Department says that thundershowers can be expected in the next few days as well, as the South Western monsoon forms over the island.
 
The Department noted that heavy showers exceeding 100 mm can be expected tonight in the Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central and Uva provinces as well as in Galle and Matara districts.
 
4 people have died from lightning strikes and storms thus far.
 
A female monk was killed this afternoon after being struck by lightning while she was at a meditation center in Hegalawaththa in Horana.
 
Police said that another female clergy who sustained critical injuries was admitted to Horana Base Hospital for treatment.
 
Furthermore, two individuals in Welikanda in Polonnaruwa died after having struck by lightning yesterday, while they were at a paddy field.
 
The Disaster Management Centre noted that a woman in Badalkumbura – Monaragala died after a branch of a tree fell onto her.
 
A landslide warning has been issued to 8 districts in view of the prevailing rainy weather conditions.
 
The Disaster Management Centre noted that the landslide warning was issued to Kalutara, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Galle, Kurunegala and Colombo districts.
 
Meanwhile, a house in Ambalangoda has been damaged after a soil embankment collapsed onto it.
 
Police stated that three individuals who had been inside the house have escaped unhurt. 
 
The water levels in Kalu and Gin rivers have risen due to the heavy rainfall received.
 
The Department of Irrigation urged those living in the divisional secretariat areas of Madurawala, Horana, Bulathsinhala, Ingiriya, and Palindanuwara to be vigilant as the Kalu River has reached its spillover level in Millakanda area.
 
The Department further noted that Baddegama, Bope, Poddala, Nagoda, Niyagama, Thawalama and Neluwa areas are also at risk as the water level in Gin River has reached its spillover level.
 
Additionally, the water level in Aththanagalu Oya too has risen.
 
Furthermore, two spill gates of Laxapana reservoir has been opened due to the heavy rainfall prevailing in the Central province.
 
The Disaster Management Centre noted that spill gates of Deduru Oya and Udawalawa reservoirs too remain to be kept open.
 
Roads in many areas have inundated due to the heavy rainfall.
 
The Disaster Management Centre noted that many byroads in Colombo and Gampaha district have flooded.
 
Meanwhile, the Road Development Authority urges motorists to limit their speeds to a maximum of 60 KMPH when using expressways. 
 
Police Media Spokesperson, SP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that 6 accidents have occurred on the expressways today (May 20).
 
Meanwhile, power supply to Thulhiriya, Rambukkana and Kegalle areas were disrupted this afternoon due to a technical fault in the transmission line between Polpitiya and Athurugiriya.
 
The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy stated that measures are being taken to restore power supply to the areas.
 
Further, the power supply to Kurunegala, Matugama, Horana and Agalawaththa areas also have interrupted.
 
Meanwhile, Army Spokesman, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu stated that the army is prepared to provide assistance to the disaster-stricken areas.
 
The spokesman stated that the Army will constantly be monitoring the situation of the areas receiving heavy rainfall, with the Disaster Management Center. 

 
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