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Saturday, 20 April 2019 - 20:47
Strong winds and rains expected in the next few hours
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The Department of Meteorology has issued a ‘Severe Thunderstorm and Heavy Rainfall Advisory’.

The department noted that there is a possibility of heavy falls about 75 mm experienced in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Uva, Western and North-western provinces.
The highest rainfall has been recorded from Mahailuppalama within the last 24 hours which is at 105.4 mm.

Showers accompanied by severe lightning and thunder are likely to occur in Central, Sabaragamuwa, North-western and Western provinces and in Anuradhapura, Galle, Matara, Mannar and Vauniya districts.

The department further noted that temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmph are also possible during thundershower in the Central Sabaragamuwa, North Eastern, Western as well as Anuradhapura, Galle, Matara, Mannar and Vavuniya districts.

Due to the inclement weather conditions, a Sri Lankan airlines flight which was to land at the Katunayake airport has been rerouted to the Mattala airport.

The flight had departed from Kuala Lampur – Malaysia.

Owing to the thunder and lightning strike experienced during the past few days, 6 individuals have been killed.

The most recent incident was reported last evening from Parasangaswewa- Gonewa.

A 19 year old youth was killed owing to lightening strike while one other person was injured and admitted to the Anuradhapura hospital for treatment.

In addition 5 others were killed owing to lightening related incidents in Kurunegala- Giribawa, Jaffna- Chunakkam, and Mulativu – Wishwamadu.

Deputy director of the Disaster Management Center, Pradeep Kodippili noted that the public should be cautious during lightening.
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