Saturday, 02 August 2014 - 10:08
Update : 1,150,000 affected by drought
According to the met department, Western, Sabaragamu, Central and Southern provinces in the island will experience showers or thunder showers intermittently.
The department further stated that certain areas will receive showers up to 100 millimeters.
The Director General Lalith Chandrapala told our news team that areas where the showers develop will also experience strong winds.
In addition, the Assistant Director of Disaster Management Pradeep Kodippili stated that the landslide warning issued last night to Deraniyagala and Kotagala areas will be effective further.
He added that 2 sluice gates of Lakshapana and Canyon reservoirs have been opened by now.
Meanwhile, Police stated that a landslide which occurred due to adverse weather has hindered the traffic of light vehicles in Hatton – Norton Bridge main road at Carpex area.
Police further requested from the drivers to be cautious when driving in the central hills, as the roads have become more slippery due to heavy showers.
Update : Saturday, 02 August 2014 - 13:06
14 districts affected by drought: heavy showers in 3 provinces: 53 houses damaged by strong winds in Meerigama
Around 1.2 million persons have been affected by the drought which is prevalent in 14 districts in the island.
The most affected is the Kurunegala district where 473 thousand 125 persons are affected.
Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Moneragala, Ampara, Hambantota, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi are the districts that have been affected.
The Water Resources Board stated such a drought was experienced for the first time in the recent past.
Meanwhile North Central Provincial Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith said the water level of Nuwara Wewa which feeds the entire Anuradhapura town, has been significantly declined.
He said therefore steps have been taken to release water from Kala Wewa to Nuwara Wewa in order to continue water supply to Anuradhapura town.
Despite ample rain in the Western Province as well as other areas of the South Western Province, people in 11 districts find it extremely difficult to get drinking water.