Friday, 13 June 2014 - 8:15
Floods at Rathnapura; Relief service by Navy and army
As a result of the overflow of the Kalu River flood conditions prevail in Ratnapura, Elapaatha, and Kirella.
National Disaster Management Centre Deputy Media Director Sarath Laal Kumaara said that residents in the low-lying areas of the Kalutara District too should be vigilant.
While the National Disaster Management Centre said that a risk of landslides prevailed in the Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura and Kegalle Districts from last afternoon the Deputy Media Director said the landslide risk will be in effect till 6 this evening.
Similarly Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D. P. G. Kumaarasiri said that the sluice gates of the Upper Kotmale, Lakshapana, Nortenbridge and Castlereigh reservoirs would continue to remain open.
The District Secretary said that while transport had been obstructed due to an earth-slip on the Hatton – Nuwara Eliya Road at Diyagala in Ginigathena, one stretch of road had by now been cleared for transport.
Meanwhile Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake told our news team that as a result of the prevalent disaster situation it had been decided to close , all Hatton Education Zone schools today.
The meteorology department states that Showery weather over south-western parts will be temporary reduced today.
Duty Meteorologist Channa Rodrigo said monsoonal showers will continue to prevail at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts.