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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 - 13:09
Five districts affected by floods; 188,000 distressed
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The Centre for Disaster Management states that out of the 12 districts in which disaster situations were declared, at present the threat remains active for 5 districts.

These districts constitute of Kurunegala, Puttlam, Kegalle, Polonnaruwa & Anuradhapura.

According to the Deputy Director for the Centre for Disaster Management Pradeep Kodippili Nearly 188,000 persons belonging to 49,469 families continue to be affected by the incessant rains in these districts.

Speaking further he added that several main routes in the island remain closed for vehicular traffic due to earth slips.

Meanwhile against this backdrop the National Building Research Organisation states that multiple hazards remain active for 6 districts in the face of the inclement weather being experienced.

Issuing a release the NBRO states that these threats remain active for the next 24 hours for the districts of Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Mathale, Kurunegala & Hambanthota.

According to the District Secretary of Polonnaruwa Nimal Abeysiri several roads inundated by flood waters has made it impossible for relief teams to reach individuals affected by adverse circumstances.

Moreover the department of Irrigation states that 7 reservoirs including the Daduru Oya & Mahaweli still remain at spill level despite the slight decrease in showers.

According to the Director of the Water Management Unit of the Department of Irrigation Janaki Meegasthanne, out of 71 reservoirs coming under the purview of the Department of Irrigation 32 reservoirs have brimmed over.

Meanwhile Duty Meteorologist at the Department of Meteorology Merryl Mendis

issued the following predictions regarding the weather for the remainder of the day.

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