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All Rajarata tanks reach spill level

Dec 31, 2010 5:23:58 AM - itnnews.lk

All tanks in the Rajarata have reached the spill level due to torrential rain experienced in the area.

The Irrigation Engineer said that 1000 cubic feet of water is being released per second by the Minneriya tank. The Irrigation Department has requested the residents in the low lying areas to be vigilant. Sluice gates of several tanks including that of Kavudulla and Giritale have already been opened. Ten sluice gates of the Parakrama Samudra were opened releasing 1,500 cubic feet of water per second.

Meanwhile the sluice gates of the Padaviya tank are opened after 5 years. The Padaviya Irrigation Engineer has called on the people living in the surrounding areas of the 1st mile post, Gemunupura and Tissapura to exercise caution. Sluice gates of the Kala –weva and Nuwara-weva are also open. With the opening of the sluice gates of the Kala-weva, two sluice gates of the Rajangana tank had to be opened to control the flow of water. The sluice gates release 2150 cubic feet of water per second.

Batticaloa District has experienced 183 mm of rain. Many areas in the District are facing the danger of floods. Our Representatives say that incessant rains were experienced in the area for the past 48 hours. All 14 Divisional Secretariat areas in the District are facing the danger of floods.

The Disaster Management Centre said certain villages are totally inundated. Kattankudi, Kiran, Valachchenai, Eravur and Kalawanchkudi Divisional Secretariat areas are badly affected.

Meanwhile the Aesthetic Department of the Eastern University has been inundated. Providing relief has become a challenge as many schools in the area have gone under water.