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Tuesday, 30 October 2012 - 19:03
Signs of ''Neelam'' leaving Sri Lanka; Landslide warning extended for another 24 hours
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The met department states that the effects of the cyclone "Neelam" on Sri Lanka are receding.

However, Director General of the Met Department H. S. Kariyawasam states that due to this, the regions of Jaffna and Mannar may experience rain along with wind tonight.

The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and intensified into Cyclonic storm ‘NILAM’.

It lay centred about 500 km south-southeast of Chennai and 100 km east-northeast of Trincomalee.

The system would move northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nagapattinam and Nellore by tomorrow afternoon.

Under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during next 12 hours.

The wind speed would gradually increase thereafter as the system comes closer to coast.

Meanwhile the Centre for Disaster Management stated that the districts of Mulativu, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle, Kurunegala, Kandy, Colombo and Trincomalee have been severely affected due to the rainy and windy weather that is prevalent.

 Deputy Director of the disaster management centre Pradeep Kdipillai stated that

3865 individuals belonging to 1009 families have been affected.

The ministry of irrigation and water management states that due to heavy rains prevalent in the Island, the water levels of many reservoirs and tanks are rising.

The water levels of Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala, Rantambe and Bowatenna reservoirs along with the water levels of the Kalawewa, Rajanganaya, Giritale, Minneriya and Parakrama Samudra tanks have also risen.

However, speaking to our news team, the deputy directress of the water science division of the Department of irrigation, Prema Hettiarahchi stated that no significant rise in the water levels of rivers has been reported.

Meanwhile, the national building research institute stated that there is a risk of landslides occurring in the hill country.

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