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Monday, 21 May 2018 - 19:19
Kelani water level risen to a flood situation, people urged to evacuate
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The Department of Meteorology forecasts more thundershowers in many areas during the next few days due to the existing turbulence in the atmosphere.

The Department said that heavy rain over 150 millimeters could be expected tonight as well in the areas of the Central, Sabaragamuwa, Western, Wayamba and the districts of Galle, Matara, and Hambantota.

At the same time, the National Building Research Organization has issued landslide warnings on 11 districts including, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Badulla, Matale, Galle, Kurunegala, Gampaha, and Colombo.

Addressing a media conference in Colombo today (May 21), Director General of the Organization, Dr. Asiri Karunawardana said red alerts have been issued for 4 divisional secretariat divisions in the Ratnapura district.

He said some areas in the Kandy and Kegalle districts are also prone to landslides.

Meanwhile, the rivers of Kalu, Kelani, Gin and Attanagalu Oya have reached spill level thereby increasing the threat of imminent floods in the area.

The Director of the Irrigation Department, Mala Alawathugoda said that the River Mahaweli also has reached minor flood levels.

At the same time, sluice gates of several hydropower reservoirs such as Laxapana, Upper Kotmale, Kukuleganga, Polgolla and Deduru Oya have been opened due to heavy rain in catchment areas.

In addition, traffic on several main roads such as Hatton-Colombo, Matara-Akuressa have been disrupted due to floods.

Meanwhile, Acting Director General of the Meteorology Department, Athula Karunanayake told our news team that more rain could be expected after tomorrow.

The death toll of the impact of the existing inclement weather has risen to 8.

The body of a person who washed away by currents while fishing in Gin River was recovered by Navy divers and the Disaster Management Center officers this afternoon.

The Disaster Management Center requests people to be cautious during thundershowers and to avoid visiting flood-affected sites.

It further stated that 12 districts have been hit by the adverse weather thereby affecting 13,485 persons of 3495 families.

Among the most affected districts are Galle, Matara, Kalutara, and Ratnapura.

Meanwhile, Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Atapattu stated that the tri-forces are always ready to assist the people on every necessary occasion.

In addition, Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that disaster operations centres have been established in all police stations across the island.

Meanwhile, Education Minister, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that authority has been vested with zonal education directors and school principals whether to close the schools due to rain.

Accordingly, schools in Ratnapura, Nivitigala and Dehiovita educational zones of the Sabaragamuwa Province were closed today and they will be kept closed tomorrow as well.

In addition, several schools in Akuressa, Panadugama, and Athuraliye in the Matara district were also closed today due to heavy rain.

The Disaster Management Centre has advised people living close to the Kelani river bank to evacuate to safer areas as the water level in the Kelani river has risen to flood level.

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the authorities to provide immediate relief to the flood affected masses.

He has informed the district secretaries and divisional secretaries not to consider of set allocations.

At the same time, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has also instructed authorities to make full commitments when providing relief to the affected.

In addition, Disaster Management Minister, Duminda Dissanayake told our news team everything has been planned already to provide relief to the needy.

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