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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 - 19:18
20 dead 14 pronounced missing due to disaster situations; 31 reservoirs reach spill level
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The Centre for Disaster Management states that disaster threats remain active for 5 districts concurrent to the heavy showers being experienced.

More than 180,000 belonging to 46,627 families in the districts of Kurunegala, Puttlam, Kegalle, Polonnaruwa & Anuradhapura continue to be affected by the incessant showers.

Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera expressing his views during a media briefing held today noted that 20 deaths were reported today due to the inclement weather being experienced.

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.

Moreover the Department Of Irrigation states that 31 out of a total of 71 reservoirs coming under the purview of the department have reached imminent spill level, while the sluice gates of 13 reservoirs have been opened against the rising water levels.

Director of the Water Management Unit of the Department of Irrigation Janaki Meegasthanne expressed the following views to our news team in this regard.

Expressing his views meteorologist Meril Mendis predicted more showers for the Eastern, Uwa and North Central provinces, as well as for the Kurunegala & Hambanthota Districts.

Meanwhile a commuter bus which had been stuck adjacent to the Lunu Oya bridge for over 3 hours on the Colombo-Putlam main route along with it's passengers have been rescued jointly by the police & navy.

According to the Minister of Disaster Management leave of all disaster management staff has been cancelled set against the present circumstances.

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