Weather Alert: thunderstorms and flooding warnings across Sri Lanka

Monday, 20 November 2023 - 22:58

Colombo, November 20, 2023 - The Department of Meteorology has issued a weather alert, warning of potential thunderstorms across many areas of Sri Lanka tonight (20). Citizens are advised to exercise caution and stay informed about weather developments.

Simultaneously, the Mahaweli Authority has urged residents living around the Mahaweli River and lowland areas to be vigilant, anticipating the possible opening of floodgates at the Kotmale and Victoria Reservoirs due to rising water levels.

As a precautionary measure, the park warden has temporarily closed the Vanathavilluwa Eluwankulama entrance to the Wilpattuwa forest park, following a rapid increase in the water level of Kala Oya.

In response to heightened water levels, the Rajanganaya Reservoir has opened 8 sluice gates. Our correspondent reported the specific details, mentioning the opening of 4 sluice gates of 4 feet each, 2 sluice gates of 3 feet each, and 2 sluice gates of 2 feet each. The release of water at a capacity of 7200 cubic feet per second has led to the temporary closure of the Giribawa Rajangana road.

The Disaster Management Center highlighted that some houses in Mirigama and Divulapitiya Divisional Secretariat Divisions remain submerged due to the flood impact of the Maha Oya.

Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organization extended the risk of landslides in eight districts for the next 24 hours.

For any disaster-related information, the public is encouraged to contact the Disaster Management Center through the 24-hour hotline at 117, as announced by the Government Information Department. Citizens are advised to stay updated on weather conditions and adhere to safety guidelines.

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