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Atmospheric disturbance has not eased

Nov 27, 2010 4:04:28 AM - itnnews.lk

The Met Department has said that the atmospheric disturbance has still not eased. The duty Officer at the Met Department Preethika Jayakody said that the inclement weather will continue for several hours in a number of areas.

She said that rain is expected to continue in Northern, Eastern and Western regions. Many areas in the country would experience thunder showers in the night while heavy rains are expected in other areas. The thundershowers may be accompanied by strong winds. She requested the public to take precautions to minimize damages from lightning.

Meanwhile, floods and landslides have been reported in several areas due to incessant rain experienced in the past few days. There is a danger of a landside in the Mahagodahena hill in the Baddegama Divisional Secretariat area. Four houses have been damaged.

Sluice gates in many reservoirs have been opened. The Disaster Management Centre in the Puttalam District said that six sluice gates of the Inginipitiya Reservoir, 14 sluice gates of the Thabbowa reservoir and two sluice gates of the Rajangana reservoir were opened. 60 families were marooned in the Thambapanniya area in Thabbowa after the water level in the Meeoya increased due to the water flowing from Inginipitiya and Thabbowa reservoirs. Our representative said that the Navy carried out rescue operations. The Puttalam – Mannar road has been closed at Eluwankulama.

The water level of the Castlereigh Reservoir has increased to the spill level. Measures have been taken to open the emergency sluice gates. The Project Office said that the water level in the Kelani River can increase due to this. Our representative said that water level in the Maussakele reservoir is nearing the spill level.

A programme has been launched to provide urgent relief to the people who are affected by the floods. Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said it is being implemented in a number of districts. He said that the torrential rain experienced during the past few days have badly affected Puttalam and Kurunegala Districts. Eight welfare camps have been setup in the Puttalam district and one camp in Gampaha district. The Heda-oya in the Moneragala District reached the spill level last night. 629 families have sought shelter in the camps, while more than 6000 families are affected. He said that more than 400 families are affected in five Divisional Secretariat Divisions including Madhu in the Mannar District. The Disaster Management Ministry is extending relief to the affected people through District Secretaries and other officials. He said that all Disaster Management Units are operating 24 hours to ensure security of the people.