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Monday, 23 September 2019 - 13:43
GIN, NILWALA WATER LEVELS RISE FURTHER
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The Irrigation Department has requested the residents of the lowlands to be vigilant as the water levels of the Nilwala and Gin rivers are rising.

The Water Management Director of the Department, Mala Alawathugoda stated that the water level of the Gin Ganga has reached spill levels at the Baddegama area.

She also stated that the water level in the Nilwala River has also risen from the Panadugama area and a slight flooding situation has been reported from the area.

Due to the prevailing flood hazard, the Matara District Disaster Management Unit, Irrigation Department officials and the Army have commenced work to widen the Nilwala River estuary.

Meanwhile, the area Hiru correspondent stated that the traffic on several roads has been disrupted due to overflowing of Nilwala River.

The Kamburupitiya - Akuressa main road has been submerged in the Hodugoda area. It is reported that the Kamburupitiya - Mulatiyana main road has been flooded from Makandura and Ranchagoda areas due to the overflowing of Kiramara which is a branch of the Nilwala River.

The Akuressa - Kamburupitiya road has been inundated from the Lenabattuwa and Godawa areas due to the spillover of the Lenabattuwa tank.

The Weligama Police stated that people in a house on an 80 feet high mountain near the Batala Junction in Weligama has been evacuated to a safe area due to a landslide threat.

The Disaster Management Unit of Galle District Indukka Wickramasinghe stated that 861 persons belonging to 293 families have been displaced from 36 Grama Seva Divisions in the Galle District due to heavy rains.

The Fisheries Department's Assistant Director of Search Operations Padmapriya Tissera stated that small and one day vessels have been requested to refrain from going to sea due to bad weather conditions affecting the island.

In the past 24 hours, the highest rainfall of 102 mm was recorded in the Yatapatha area in Kalutara.



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