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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 - 12:56
Water levels recede in several reservoirs - Gale winds reported in several areas
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The Disaster Management Centre notes that around 90 constructions have sustained damage due to strong gale winds & showers which were experienced in several parts of the island during the past 24 hours.

According to Deputy Media Director of the Centre Sarath Lal kumara areas such as Mathara, Yatiyana, Payagala, Kaluthara & Nuwara Eliya were affected by the inclement weather.

Meanwhile the met department notes that the current weather patterns are set to evolve within the next 3 days.

Duty Meteorologist D.A. Jayasinghearachci attributes the delays in South Western Monsoon showers due to the delayed conveyance wind currents.

Moreover the Department of Irrigation & Water Resources states that adequate showers have not been received during this year's Yala season there by making it impossible release sufficient quantities of water required for cultivation.

Issuing a release the Department notes that water levels of the Kothmale reservoir had receded by 30%, Victoria by 20% & Randenigala by 42%.

Accordingly steps have been taken to prioritise adequate supplies for domestic consumption & portable water.

In further developments the department of irrigation cautions agrarians to utilize water resources at the Minneriya, Kaudulla, Kanthale, Parakrama Samudraya & Maduru Oya reservoirs sparingly.

Moreover the prevailing dry weather conditions are reported to have adversely affected the cultivation of vegetables.

Kristi Wijerathna, Manager of the Dambulla economic centre states that owing to this vegetable prices have surged.

Meanwhile attending a function held in Kegalle today Minister of Power & Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka noted that requirements for electricity are being met at present under heavy constraints.

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