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Thursday, 08 August 2019 - 14:40
SEVERAL HOUSES DAMAGED DUE TO STRONG WINDS – POWER OUTAGES IN SEVERAL PLACES
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The Department of Meteorology says that current rainy situation is expected to continue until the 12th of this month.

The department stated that Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and North Western provinces and Galle and Matara districts could experience heavy rainfall of more than 100 mm.

The highest rainfall for the past 24 hours ended at 10 am this morning was recorded from the Divulapitiya area in Gampaha.

It was 98.5 millimeters. Katunayake also received 61.7 mm of rainfall.

Meanwhile, Katunayake airport authorities have taken steps to direct two aircrafts that arrived at the Katunayake International Airport to the Mattala Airport early this morning due to inclement weather.

Qatar's QR 662 flight from Doha and Air Arabia's G9503 from Sharjah were the two aircrafts diverted to Mattala.

After the weather conditions around Katunayake improved steps were taken to land them in Katunayake.

The strong winds that blew through several areas last night have caused many trees to fall and caused damages to houses.

The Disaster Management Center stated that 28 houses were partially damaged by strong winds that swept through the Dambulla area.

Around 10 houses were damaged by the winds in Hathbodiya Watta, Narahenpita.

The Hiru correspondent reported that houses in the Nagamadama area in Puttalam - Wanathavilluwa were also damaged by the strong winds last night.

In addition Pradeep Kodippili, Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Center stated that houses in Gampaha, Nittambuwa, Thihariya, Puttalam, Kalpitiya and Yatiyantota were also affected.

A tree has fallen on to the Hatton-Colombo main road near the Ginigathhena-Millagahamula area disrupting vehicle travel.

Police say that several trees along the alternate roads have also fallen due to heavy rains and strong winds experienced in the western slopes of the central hills this morning.

In addition, a ‘Nuga’ tree has fallen on the Puttalam - Colombo main road in the Thiliyadiya - Rathmalyaya area and the road blockage has been cleared for vehicle traffic.

Power and Renewable Energy Ministry spokesman Sulakshana Jayawardena stated that the power supply in the Dambulla, Dehiwala, Hakmana, Kamburupitiya, Kaduwela and Avissawella areas will continue to be affected due to the prevailing winds and heavy rains.

The Fisheries Department requests the public to refrain from engaging in fishing activities in small boats around the island for the next 24 hours due to strong winds.

Padmapriya Tissera, Assistant Director of Inspection Operations at the Fisheries Department has informed that multi-day trawler owners should also pay close attention to the prevailing adverse weather conditions.

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