Be prepared for floods, landslides, DMC warns

Published : 8:19 am  May 18, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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By Yohan Perera   

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) yesterday advised the general public who are living on the banks of major rivers and in the hill country to be prepared for floods and landslides.   


The DMC, which cited weather advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology, said the prevailing atmospheric disturbance brought on by the Southwest Monsoon could result in floods and landslides in many areas.   
People living along the banks of Kelani River in Kolonnawa, Kelaniya, Biyagama and Hanwella, those living along the Kalu Ganga in Kalutara, Dodangoda, Horana, Bulathsinhala, Ingiriya, Parindanuwara, Kiriella and Kuruwita, people living on the banks of the Gin Ganga in Baddegama, Bope, Poddala, Divithura, Niyangama and Neluwa and those living along the banks of Niwala River in Matara, Kadawathathara, Thihagoda, Akuressa, Malimbada and Pitabeddara areas were asked to be extra vigilant.   


The reason given was that the sluice gates of the Udawalawa Dam, Deduru Oya and Kala Oya had been opened due to waters reaching spill levels while water levels of the Attanagalu Oya were also said to be increasing rapidly.   
In addition those living in the hill country were asked to be watchful and be on the lookout for any signs of landslides such as trees slanting and cracks in walls.  


People in vulnerable areas were also asked to be ready to vacate their homes in a hurry if the need arises and pack important documents and jewellery in waterproof containers so that it is easy to carry.   


Rainfall exceeding 100mm were expected in the Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western and North Western Provinces and Ampara and Batticaloa Districts.  

 

 

Rainfall exceeding 100mm were expected in the Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western and North Western Provinces and Ampara and Batticaloa Districts

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