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Friday, 02 November 2012 - 12:53
Effect of cyclone wanes; Kelani river continues to overflow
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Disaster Management Centre Deputy Director Pradeep Kodipillai said that 127 thousand 669 belonging to 31 thousand 178 families are in distress due to the inclement weather

Meanwhile the DMC also said that 4 persons have died due to the inclement weather condition.

The prevalent heavy rain and strong windy condition has affected 167 districts.

Speaking further Disaster Management Centre Deputy Director Pradeep Kodipillai stated that the DMC is working around the clock to provide relief for the affected.

Meanwhile Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat D.P.G. Kumarasiri states that due to the water levels at the Laxshapana & Wimalasurendra reservoirs reaching spill levels the sluice gates of these reservoirs may be released within the remainder of the day.

If these sluice gates are released, the water discharged would aggregate to the Kelani River.

Moreover several areas including the Bandarawaththa Junction on the

Dekatana-Colombo main road continue to be submerged in water due to the overflow of the Kelani river waters.

According to police vehicles are unable to ply the road owing to the stagnant water.

Meanwhile the 13th mile post area on the New Kandy- Kaduwela route has also been inundated by flood waters with the flow of vehicular traffic being minimized.

Deputy Director of the water resources division of the Irrigation Department Prema Hettiarchchi speaking to our news time expressed the following views.

Galle District Secretariat Raveendra Hewawitharana expressing his views to our news team noted that several low lying areas in the Galle District had been submersed in water due to the inclement weather which was experienced yesterday.

Meanwhile the Ceylon Electricity Board states that the daily requirement of electricity has dropped by 30% at present owing to the inclement weather.

According to the CEB the drop has been induced by reduced usage of air conditioning units & electric fans.

The MET Department stated that heavy showers that were experienced in the country during the past few days will recede gradually today.

Duty Meteorologist Chandra Rodrigo stated that showers can be expected in Western, South Western and Galle and Matara districts as well.

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