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Saturday, 14 July 2012 - 19:30
Heavy showers and gale winds predicted for provinces
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The Disaster Management Centre states that 32 houses were damaged from strong winds experienced in several parts on the island.

Bandarawela and Monaragala were the worst affected from the gushing winds that swept through the area, while 20 houses were reportedly partially damaged in the Badalgama area in Monaragala alone.

Assistant Director of the DMC Pradeep Kodippili stated that in addition to this, 3 homes in Gaminipura, Buttala and 9 homes in Welimada, Bandalawela were damaged due to strong wind conditions.

Meanwhile, the met department stated that there is a possibility of heavy showers and gale winds occurring in the North Central, Eastern and Uva provinces tonight.

Speaking to our news team Duty Meteorologist at the Met department G. G. Yasarathne stated that the wind direction cannot be predicted at present.

He further stated that minor showers could be expected in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Wayamba provinces along with the Galle and Matara districts.

Moreover according to the met department thundershowers may be experienced in the remainder of the island accompanied by heavy winds.

The Center for Disaster Management also issued a plea to the general public to be vigilant in the face of the heavy winds being experienced.

More than 80 houses were damaged yesterday due to tree collapses.

The Assistant Director of the Center for Disaster Management Pradeep Kodippili urged the public to truncate trees around their homes to avoid such accidents in the face of the prevailing heavy winds.

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