Cyclone moves away from island; Kalu Ganga reaches spill level

Monday, 13 May 2013 - 19:08


The Meteorology Department said the Cyclonic Storm Mahasen in the South-east Bay of Bengal was centered about 650 kilo meters to the East of Mullaitivu as at yesterday noon and added the storm will intensify further and most likely move in the North-westward direction.


As such the coastal areas extending from Jaffna to Hambantota via Batticaloa will experience strong winds, rough conditions and intermittent rain.


Deputy Director of the Met department S R Jayasekara requested the Navy and fisher folk not venture into the seas on the East coast.




Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre Sarath Lal Kumara said that the inclement weather has distressed the lives of many people in several districts.


Several by-roads of Ratnapura are gone underwater as the water level of the river is going up.


Residents living in the surroundings of the river in Ratnapura, Kuruvita, Elapaatha, Kalavana and Ayagama are asked to be vigilant against the imminent urgency.


Sarath Lal Kumara also said that 27 houses in Polonnarwa and Medirigiriya were also damaged due to strong winds in the area.    


Meanwhile 150 fishing boats which ventured to sea despite the warning drifted away due to the rough winds in the Eastern sea.


Ampara District Secretary Neel de Alwis said that among the affected boats which managed to dock at Oluvil harbour are from Galle, and Matara areas.


Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri stated that soil erosion on the Nuwara Eliya Hatton main road followed by heavy rain in the Central Province has blocked vehicular traffic.


He also urged the drivers at wheel not to use Nuwara Eliya Hatton road especially during the night.


Heavy winds also affected day to day life in several other parts of the country.



10 persons including 6 children were injured and admitted to Negombo hospital after a coconut tree was uprooted on to the Maternity and Child Clinic Building at Kadirana in Negombo.


Director of the Water Management Unit of the Department of Irrigation Janaki Meegastenna said that 10 sluice gates of the Parakrama Samudra were opened due to heavy rain in the area.


She said that her unit is monitoring the water levels of other reservoirs including Kantale, Kavudulla, and Minneriya.




A person is killed when a wall of a house under construction collapsed on him at Pahala Tuduwa Watta, Vitiyala, Tihagoda in Matara.


The victim has tried to harvest a bunch of banana which had fallen on the wall due to heavy rain.


Tihagoda police says the deceased was a resident of Urugama, Tihagoda in Dandeniya.


The cyclonic storm 'MAHASEN' over the Bay of Bengal has moved slightly towards northeast and laid centered at 700 km southeast of Chennai this morning.

However, the cyclone is expected to skip Chennai and move towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coast in the next couple of days.

The storm laid centred at 5.30 am at about 700 km southeast of Chennai.


It will move initially towards north-northeast during the next 12 hours and thereafter northeast of Bangladesh-Myanmar.


Under its influence, heavy rain in many places would occur over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 48 hours.