The Department of Meteorology states that the low pressure system which developed in the Bay of Bengalle has drawn closer to the island by 200 Km's.
Accordingly issuing a release, the Met. Department states that a low grade cyclone travelling at a speed of around 80 Km's Per Hour may sweep through the Northern part of the island.
Duty Meteorologist at the Met. Department D.A. Jayasinghe speaking to our news team expressed the following views in this regard.
Furthermore, according to the Department of Meteorology the stretch of sea running from Jaffna to Trincomalee through Batticaloa may become rough owing to the low pressure system closing in.
Issuing an advisory the Met. Department cautions sailors & fisherman to preclude from going to sea today until further notice.
Moreover, according to Duty Meteorologist at the Met. Department D.A. Jayasinghe Heavy showers accompanied by gale winds may be experienced in the Northern, Eastern, & North Central provinces of the island.
The highest count of rainfall during the past 24 hours which concluded at 8.30 am this morning was recorded from Vavuniya at a volume of 100.9 Mm's.
Currently, according to the Met. Department showers are being experienced throughout the island.
According to our correspondents the Central Highlands of the country are also
experiencing an absolute downpour.
According to Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri a minor land slide situation is being reported from the Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat
area in the Nuwara Eliya District.
Moreover plans are afoot to release the sluice gates of the Kothmale Oya by this evening.
Area residents occupying the area are being advised to remain cautious owing to powerful currents induced by the release of the sluice gates.
Meanwhile the Puttlam-Mannar main route was closed for vehicular traffic this morning from the Eluwankulama area since the water level of the Kala Oya had arisen owing to the inclement weather conditions being experienced.
According to the Centre for Disaster Management the water level on the route has presently exceeded 3 feet in height.
The CDM requests the public to remain cautious since the sluice gates of the Rajanganeya reservoir may also be released during the hours to come.
Several low-lying areas adjacent to the Ging-Ganga in the Galle district have been inundated by water.
These areas include Wakwella, Mapalagama, Nagoda, Baddegama & Gingthota.
According to our correspondents heavy showers are being experienced in the Eastern part of the island as well at present with fisherman said to be precluding themselves from going to sea.
In related developments the Polonnaruwa District has also been affected by the torrential downpour which continues to make landfall throughout the island.
Moreover the districts of Mullaitivu & Jaffna located in the Northern Province continue to experience heavy rain fall according to our correspondents.
Due to the inclement weather conditions air travel from Palali to Rathmalana has been indefinitely suspended.
Furthermore due to the collapse of an electricity post on the coastal railway line
between Panadura & Pinwaththa, train travel along the coastal railway track has been temporarily suspended.