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Met Department forecasts rain

Dec 25, 2010 10:54:23 AM - itnnews.lk

The atmospheric disturbance will continue. As such, the Met department has forecast rain in several areas in the next few days.

Sluice gates of many reservoirs have been opened due to the torrential rain experienced for several days. Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri said the sluice gates of the Victoria, Rantembe and Randenigala reservoirs were opened this morning. Almost all reservoirs are full to capacity due to the continuous rain experienced for several days. In the meantime, nine sluice gates of the Rajanganne reservoir were opened four feet each, this morning. Four sluice gates of the Inginitiya reservoir have also been opened while two sluice gates of t Tabbowa reservoir had been opened. Water levels of the Deduru Oya, Kadupiti Oya and Ma Oya flowing through Puttalam have risen.

Our correspondent reported that several low lying areas in Ambalantota are under water due to the rapid increase of the water level of the Walawe River. People living on either side of the Walawe river have been cautioned to be on alert as the water level of the river was on the rise.

Meanwhile, several low lying areas of the Polonnaruwa district are flooded due to the heavy rain experienced in the district. Our correspondent said that 1500 acres of paddy land are impacted. The Minneriya Oya, the Mala Oya, the Kalinga Canal and the Kahambiliya Oya had overflowed.