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Thursday, 01 November 2012 - 12:41
Many rivers spill over; heavy rains during the next 48 hours.
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The Met Department said Under the influence of the cyclonic storm ‘Nilaam’, South-western parts of the island receiving heavy rainfalls  and it is likely to continue for next  48 hours.

Deputy Director of the met department S R Jayasekara said that strong winds are also likely at times in these areas.

However, it said that the cyclonic storm “Nilam” is moving away from the island and there is no direct effect to the weather over the island.

The Irrigation department says that due to inclement weather Kelani, Kalu, Ging and Nilvalaa rivers have reached spill over level.

Deputy Director of the Department Prema Hettiarachchi elaborating further had this to say….

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.

Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayaka stated that all schools in Nuwara Eliya District will be closed today and tomorrow.

This decision was arrived at due to the prevailing inclement weather in the district.

Disaster Management Centre Deputy Director Pradeep Kodipillai said that 72 thousand 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.

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

Army spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya stated that the Army and the Navy have deployed special teams to assist those affected due to adverse weather.

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