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Sluice gates of many reservoirs opened

Dec 24, 2010 9:52:35 AM - itnnews.lk

Sluice Gates of the Parakrama Samudra have been opened following the incessant rain experienced in the area.

Almost all main and small tanks are filled with water following the torrential rains. The capacity of the Parakrama Samudra has exceeded 112,500 acre feet. As such, Polonnaruwa Zonal Irrigation Director E. Sumanadasa said they had to open 12 sluice gates of the Parakrama Samudra this afternoon. The water levels of the Minneriya, Giritale and Kawudulla Reservoirs are rising speedily. A Mobile patrola service comprising irrigation officials has been launched to ensure the safety of the reservoirs.

The water level of the Randenigala Reservoir too has increased. The Zonal Irrigation Office said that it would have to open the sluice gates if the water level which has risen up to 231.5 metres reaches 232metres.

Our correspondents said that Batticaloa had been experiencing toerrntial rain throughout today, hindering the day to day lives of the people.

In the meantime, two sluice gates of the Bowatenna Reservoir had been opened with the increase in its water level following heavy rain. Our correspondent said that 1700 cubic metres was being released per second. More sluice gates will have to be opened if the water level kept on increasing. The Mahaweli Duty engineer has appealed to the people living in low lying areas to maintain vigilance.