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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 15:41
SHOWERS IN THE SEVERAL AREAS IN GALLE EXCEEDING 100 MM
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The meteorology department stated that Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Northwestern provinces could continue to experience thunder showers of more than 100 millimeters.

The highest rainfall for the past 24 hours ending at 6.30 am this morning was received to Hiyare in Galle.  The Department of Meteorology stated that 106 mm of rain was received in Hiyare, 104 mm of rain in Labugama area and 103 mm of rainfall at Ethkadura in Galle.

According to the Department of Meteorology the Waduramba area in Galle has received 101.5 mm of rain.

Meanwhile, Southern Province Governor Hemal Gunasekera stated that all schools in the Galle and Matara districts that were closed yesterday and today will be closed tomorrow and the day after.

More than 80,000 people from 20,815 families in 8 districts have been affected by the inclement weather.

The most affected areas in the country are the Districts of Galle and Matara. Many low-lying areas in the Matara District are still inundated due to the overflowing of the Nilwala River.

The owner of a house from Mudugamuwa, Weligama in Matara told the Hiru news team that a mound of earth has collapsed on to his house last night and that he is greatly inconvenienced as a result.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Internal & Home Affairs and Provincial Councils & Local Government Vajira Abeywardena stated that measures have been taken to provide relief to those affected in the Galle District.

Many low-lying areas in the Kalutara District are still inundated.

Assistant Director of the District Disaster Management Center, Colonel Pradeep Kulasekara stated that water levels are receding following the widening of the Kalu Ganga-estuary.

According to the Assistant Director in the Gampaha District Disaster Management Center, Ajith Nishantha, more than 10,000 families in the Gampaha District have been affected with the overflowing of the Attanagalu Oya.

Low lying rain areas in Kolonnawa, Mulleriyawa, Maligawatte and Meetotamulla in the Colombo District have been inundated with the prevailing rainfall.

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) stated that the landslide warning declared for Kalutara, Kegalle, Galle, Ratnapura and Matara districts has not been lifted.

The Disaster Management Center informs the public to avoid visiting the waterfalls during the rainy period.

In addition, the water levels of the Castlereagh and Mauassakale reservoirs have also increased with the rains in received in the central hills.

The irrigation department stated that the River Gin from Baddegama and the Attanagalu oya from Dunamale is currently overflowing.

In addition, there is a minor flood in the Kalu Ganga - Millakanda area while the Nilwala River from the Panadugama area has reached a major flood level.

The Disaster Management Center has issued two special telephone numbers to inform of any disaster situation.

Therefore, the Disaster Management Center said that it is possible to call 0112 58 72 29 or 0112 45 45 76 to inform of any emergencies.
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