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Sluice Gates continue to remain open

Dec 25, 2010 4:46:19 AM - itnnews.lk

Sluice gates of many reservoirs have been opened asa result of torrential rain experienced in many parts of the country..

The District Secretary of Nuwara Eliya D.P.G. Kumarasiri said that the sluice gates of Victoria, Rantambe and Randenigala reservoirs were opened this morning. The reservoirs were filled to capacity due to the incessant rains experienced during the last few days. Nine sluice gates of the Rajangana reservoir were opened by four feet each. Four sluice gates of the Inginimitiya reservoirs and two sluice gates of the Thabbowa reservoir have been opened. The Disaster Management Unit of Puttalam called on the people living around the Mee-oya to exercise caution as its water levels may increase after the opening of sluice gates of Inginimitiya and Thabbowa reservoirs. Deduru-oya, Kadupiti-oya and Maa-oya have also recorded high water levels. Our representative says that many areas in Ambalantota have been inundated due to the increase of water level of Walawe ganga. The people living around the river have been warned to maintain vigilance.

Large areas of low lying areas have been inundated in the Polonnaruwa District due to torrential rains. Our representative says that 1500 acres of paddy land have been affected. Several canals including Minneri-oya, Mala-oya, Kalinga-ela and Kahambiliya-oya have spilled.

A number of houses in Bahirawa Kanda in Kandy, Suduhumpola and Hantana face the risk of landslides. 20 houses are affected due to the danger posed by the surrounding hills. Our representative says that the authorities have urged the people to evacuate for safer places.