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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - 19:11
18 districts hit by inclement weather -11 dead, 105,352 affected
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The Meteorology Department states that more thundershowers could be expected in the next few days if the existing turbulence in the Bay of Bengal develops into a depression.

The Department stated that heavy rain could lash many areas of the island tonight as well.

The current inclement weather has affected 105,352 persons in 18 districts.

The death toll has risen to 11 already.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Center stated that 5 persons have already died from lightning strikes and the last death was reported from Kalpitiya.

The victim was a 63-year old fisherman.

At the same time, the Department of Irrigation states that the water level of the Kelani River is receding.

However, the water level gauge at Nagalam Street still indicates a minor flood level in the river.

It further states that the water level of the Kaluganga could increase tonight following continuous rain.

The Department requests those living by the river to take caution.

At the same time, the water level of Mahaweli, Nilwala and Attanagalu Oya is also receding.

A Director of the department, Mala Alawathugoda said that sluice gates of Rajanganaya, Deduru Oya, Polgolla and Udawalawa reservoirs are still kept open.

In addition, landslide warnings will remain in place for 5 districts.

The geologist of the National Building Research Organization Gamini Jayatissa said that among those districts are Kandy, Matale, Badulla, Kurunegala, Gampaha, and Colombo.

Heavy showers in the last few days have caused grave impacts on Puttalam and Ratnapura districts.

Many small irrigation tanks in the Puttalam districts are overflowing.

Our correspondents stated that the low lying areas in Mahawewa, Madampe, Naththandiya and Aarachchi Kattuwa are inundated.

However, our correspondent stated that the floods are receding in the Ratnapura district.

Meanwhile, vehicular traffic was limited on the Biyagama Kaduwela road following the river bank near the bridge over the Kelani river eroded today.    

In addition, the Road Development Authority has introduced several hotlines to inform about damages caused to roads by the weather disaster.

Accordingly, damages to Expressways could be informed to 1968 while damages to other roads could be conveyed to 1969.

Meanwhile, Army Media Spokesperson, Lieutenant General Sumith Atapattu told our news team that 5 thousand 204 security personnel have been kept on standby to face the weather disaster situation.

At the same time, the government stated that 49 million rupees have been allocated to pay compensation to the rain-affected people.

Steps would be taken to pay a maximum compensation of one million rupees to the family of each dead person.

In addition, 10,000 rupees would be paid for each affected family to clean their inundated houses.

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