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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 17:48
Heavy rain over 200 millimetres to several provinces, 45 thousand affected, 4 major rivers still risky
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The Met Department states the prevailing wet weather will continue until tomorrow night.

In addition, it forecast heavy rain over 200 millimetres could be expected in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces.

The Highest rainfall of 272.3 millimetres during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am was reported from Katunayake.

Disaster Management Center said that one person has died due to the inclement weather and 45 thousand 091 persons have been affected.

Meanwhile, landslide warnings which are already issued on Kegalle, Galle, Kalutara, Ratnapura and Matara districts have been extended until 10 am tomorrow.

At the same time, the Irrigation Department stated that the water level of Nilvala, Ging and Kalu rivers are further rising due to prevailing heavy rain in the area.

Meanwhile, the airport administration of the Katunayake Airport advises the passengers to be present in the airport at least 3 hours beforehand of their scheduled flights.

It further says that flight services are functioning as usual despite the inclement weather.

At the same time, Road Development Authority advises the Expressway motorists to limit their maximum speed to 60 kilometres per hour.

They are also asked to switch on their lights while moving on Expressways during rain.

Several places in the Colombo city were also submerged following heavy rain this morning.

In addition, all schools in the Galle and the Matara districts will be kept close tomorrow as well.

Meanwhile, Met Department Director of the forecast unit, Anusha Warnasuriya further described the impending weather condition.

At the same time, 150 police lifeguards and disaster relief officers have been deployed in Kalutara, Galle and Matara divisions to face the impending emergencies due to the inclement weather.

Police Headquarters announced, the Police Naval Division is ready to deploy 50 trained divers where necessary.

At the same time, 50 vessels and 35 boats have already been sent to the affected areas.

Police Headquarters requests the public to contact Police Environment and naval management division on 0112 587 229 or 0112 454 576 for assistance.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the authorities to provide immediate relief to the people affected by the prevailing adverse weather.

Minister of Disaster Management, Defense Secretary and officials of other relevant authorities were summoned by the President to the Presidential Secretariat this morning to discuss this matter.

The President has further advised seeking the assistance of the Tri-Forces for relief work and not be hindered by budgetary issues when providing relief to affected people.

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