Minor flood situation looming

Published : 9:12 am  September 6, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (189) reads | 

By Yohan Perera and Tilanka Kanakaratne   

A minor flood situation has been reported from two districts in the country, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said yesterday and requested people to be vigilant and take precautions in case of another possible natural disaster in the country. 

It said a minor flood situation was reported from the Galle and Mullaitivu Districts with low-lying areas including Balapitiya, Nagoda, Kadawathsathara being under threat as a result of Maadu Ganga overflowing last afternoon. DMC personnel in the district said the opening of the estuary in Ging Ganga had also contributed to the situation. Rescue squads were kept on alert for emergency operations.   
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Meanwhile, our correspondents in the North said a gale force wind, which struck Mullaitivu on Monday night, damaged several houses and trees falling across roads bringing vehicular transport on the Mullaitivu-Thandikulum Road to a standstill.   

 

It said a minor flood situation was reported from the Galle and Mullaitivu  Districts with low-lying areas including Balapitiya, Nagoda,  Kadawanhathara being under threat as a result of Maadu Ganga overflowing  last afternoon

 

The DMC warned those living in the vicinity of mountain slopes and along river banks to be vigilant.   


 The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) issued landslide warnings in Nagoda and Yatalamatta in the Galle District and Ambagamuwa and Ginigathhena in the Nuwara Eliya District.   


DMC Director Media Pradeep Kodippily said people should be on alert because more rains could trigger landslides and added that water levels in major rivers such as Kelani Ganga, Kalu Ganga, Kukele Ganga and Attanagaluoya were rising.   


Many areas in the country had received a rainfall of more than 100 mm as of yesterday with some areas in the Ratnapura, Galle, Kalutara and Kegalle districts receiving a rainfall of more than 100 mm last afternoon.   

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Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology also confirmed that there would be heavy showers as a result of the prevailing inter-monsoonal condition. The Department predicted heavy showers exceeding 100 mm especially in the Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and in the Kalutara, Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle and Matara Districts during the next few days. Seas off Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota were expected to be rough with 60 kmph winds at times.   

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In May, Sri Lanka suffered heavy damages with many lives lost and repairs to houses and infrastructure facilities costing more than Rs.8 billion.   


Additional reports by Romesh Madushanka, D G Sugathapala and Sumathipala Diyagahage