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Sunday, 23 December 2012 - 19:30
Disaster situation continues to loom over several districts; 42 dead due to inclement weather
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The National Centre for Disaster Management states that 39 deaths have been reported due to the inclement weather being experienced at present.

Deputy Director of the centre Pradeep Kodipillai expressing his views to our news team noted that a total of 18 districts were affected as a result.

Meanwhile Irrigation Engineer of the of Kanthale M.L.M Buddhika states that concurrent to the heavy showers being experienced in the area, the 10 sluice gates of the Kanthale reservoir have been released by 3 feet each.

Moreover 8 sluice gates of the Parakrama Samudraya have been released by 6 feet.

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 40 reservoirs have brimmed over.

Meanwhile the National Building Research Organisation states that 3 areas prone to landslides within the Mathale district have been identified.

Head of the NBRO's Land Slide Division R.M.S. Bandara expressing his views to our news team noted that all 3 areas had been surveyed today.

Moreover Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera states that all relief efforts have been mobilised to provide relief to those in distress.

When inquired by our news team Minister Amaraweera added that financial subsidies in this regard had been dispensed to the relevant Government Agents.

However according to the Department of Meteorology the North,

North Central, Uwa, Hambanthota & Kurunegala may experience further showers.

Duty meteorologist at the met department Pabodhani Karunapala expressed the following views in this regard when contacted by our news team.

In related developments the flow of traffic on the Kandy-Jaffna/ A-9 route has been suspended in the Vavuniya-Nochchimotei area, due to being submerged under water.

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