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Thursday, 01 November 2012 - 8:26
Heavy rains and winds in the western, central, sabaragamuwa and southern provinces during the next 9 hours; Kalani, kalu and ging and Nil-wala rivers approach spill over levels; A threat of floods.
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The meteorology department says that due to the 'Nilaam' cyclone there could be heavy rain and strong winds in the Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces during the next nine hours.

Meteorology Department Director General S. H. Kariyavasam told our news team that although the 'Nilaam' cyclone had moved away from Sri Lanka, its impact was still prevalent.

The Disaster Management Centre says that there is a threat of floods, since the Kelani, Kalu, Ging and Nilvalaa rivers have reached spill over level due  to the prevalent heavy rain weather condition.

Disaster Management Centre Deputy Director Pradeep Kodipillai said that residents around these areas should be on serious alert with regard to this.

The Deputy Director also said that a special programme had been prepared jointly with district disaster management units, other Government institutions and voluntary organisations for dealing with any disaster situation that could occur as a result of the prevalent inclement weather condition.

The prevalent heavy rain and strong windy condition has affected 16 districts.

The Disaster Management Centre said further that 72000 persons belonging to 18 thousand 187 families are in distress due to  the inclement weather

Meanwhile the DMC also said that three persons have died due to the inclement weather condition.

Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D. P. G. Kumarasiri told our news team that it had been continuously raining in the central hills from last night till now.

The Secretary said further that it was possible that the Upper Kotmaley sluice gates are opened today as well.

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.

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