The Disaster Management Centre says that 13 districts have been affected by the inclement weather conditions affecting the island.
According to the latest reports issued by the Centre, the districts affected are Mullaitivu, Nuwara-eliya, Kegalle, Kurunegala, Kandy, Trincomalee, Kilinochchi, Gampaha, Matale, Mannar, Matara and Jaffna.
72,955 persons belonging to 19,505 families have been affected by the inclement weather conditions.
2 deaths have also been reported from Matara and Jaffna.
The DMC also stated that 70 houses have been completely damaged while 1,043 houses have been partially damaged.
Those affected have been placed at 37 welfare centres.
The MET Department stated that the NILAM Storm is gradually moving away from Sri Lanka.
Duty meteorologist Gayana Hendawithana stated that showers and strong winds can be expected in several parts of the island during the next few days as well.
Meanwhile, Deputy Director of the Water Management unit of the Irrigations Department Janaki Meegasthenna stated that the water levels of 5 reservoirs have increased dramatically.
However, water levels of 45 other reservoirs are rising only gradually.
Due to the heavy rains experienced in the central hills, 2 sluice gates were opened today.
Speaking to our news team, Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri stated that these sluice gates will be open from 2pm till 8pm today.
Meanwhile, a decision has been taken to open 3 sluice gates of the Kukuleganga reservoir.
The Disaster Management Centre issued a warning to the residents of the low lying regions to be vigilant.
The landslide warning issued to the central hills by the National Building Research Institute will be effective for the next 24 hours.
Speaking to our news team the director of the NBRO R. M. S. Bandara stated that the residents of the Western slopes of the central hills should be especially vigilant.
Speaking further the director had this to say
Meanwhile a decision has been taken to shift the students of the Gothami Girls School in Kandy to an alternate location due to the threat of potential landslides occurring in the school grounds.
However, students and parents had protested against this decision.
Responding to an inquiry of our news team, Central Province chief minister, Sarath Ekanayaka stated that a decision regarding this would be taken only if the heavy rains continue for the next few days.