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Tuesday, 18 December 2012 - 19:17
15 deaths due to disaster; 7 missing and 21 thousand distressed.
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8 districts have been affected due to the prevalent inclement weather.

According to the Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippli 15 deaths have been reported due to the inclement weather while 7 people are reported missing.

More than 21, 120 persons belonging to 5, 200 families have been displaced.

Speaking further Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippli had this to say….

The Disaster Management Centre said several areas in Ampara, Batticaloa, Kurunegala, Polonnaruwa and Hambantota Districts inundated due to the prevailing inclement weather.


The DMC also issued land slide warnings to Nuwara Eliya, Matale, Badulla and Kandy Districts .

The National Building Research Organization stated that Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and Matale districts will be at risk of disaster situations such as landslides and rock falls, if showers continue for the next 24 hours.

Head of the Land slide unit of the Building and research department R M S Bandra warned the public to be extremely cautious.

Due to heavy rainfall water levels of 72 reservoirs have increased rapidly and sluice gates of 9 reservoirs have been opened while another 22 are reported to be reaching the spill level. 

Director of the Water Management Unit of the irrigation department, Janaki Meegasthanna stated that water levels are rapidly increasing in Ging ganga, Nilwala river, Kirindi Oya and Kala oya 

Several roads between Kurunegala, Ganewatta, Ridigama, Negombo and Putlam are reported to be flooded.

Wellawaya - Thanamalwila main road is flooded near Kuda Oya temple area while roads in Putlam District are also flooded.

Putlam - Mannar main road is inundated near the Eluwankulama area while the  Naaththandiya - Kuliyapitiya road is blocked as Naththandiya town is submerged.

The Department of Meteorology however states that heavy showers may be experienced in most parts of the island tonight as well.

Duty Meteorologist of the Met Department Paboda Karunapala speaking to our news team expressed the following views.

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