North+continues+to+receive+rainfall%3B+13%2C000+families+in+5+districts+affected%3B+Spill+gates+of+Iranamadu%2C+Rajanganaya+and+Deduru+Oya+continue+to+be+kept+open
Sunday, 23 December 2018 - 19:15
North continues to receive rainfall; 13,000 families in 5 districts affected; Spill gates of Iranamadu, Rajanganaya and Deduru Oya continue to be kept open
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The Disaster Management Centre noted that 44,959 individuals from 13,646 families have been affected by the inclement weather prevailing in the Northern Province.

Its Assistant Director, Pradeep Kodippili stated that 8,539 persons from 2,661 families have been sheltered in 52 safe locations.

6 houses have been completely destroyed while 151 houses have been partially damaged.

Spill gates of Rajanganaya, Angamuwa, Iranamadu and Deduru Oya reservoirs continue to be kept open due to the prevailing weather conditions.

Our correspondents noted that one spill gate of Polgolla reservoir was also opened due to the rainfall in the Central hills.

Meanwhile, the Navy Media Division noted that 6 teams and 9 dinghy boats were deployed for rescue operations in the North.

 Further, the Army rescued 418 persons who were trapped in 4 villages due to floods in Mullaitivu district.  

An Air Force Bell 212 helicopter and a Y12 aircraft commenced flights to assess the flood situation in Kilinochchi district, which has been affected the most by the inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the Northern Provincial Governor’s Office noted that relief measures have been implemented under the directives of the President, in the areas affected by the inclement weather.

A special discussion is scheduled to be held tomorrow with the participation of all respective state officials including the district secretaries of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.  

Speaking at a press briefing in Monaragala today, the Minister of Public Administration and Disaster Management, Ranjith Madduma Bandara stated that he will be engaging in an inspection visit to the North tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the MET department noted that the Northern Province can continue to experience sporadic showers or thundershowers.

Duty Meteorologist, Shanika Piyumali Dissanayake stated that Central, Sabaragamuwa provinces as well as Vavuniya and Mannar districts can experience heavy showers exceeding 75 mm.


    

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