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Sluice gates of all tanks opened in Polonnaruwa district

Jan 9, 2011 11:25:53 AM - itnnews.lk

The sluice gates of all tanks in the Polonnaruwa district have been opened due to the increase of water levels caused by the incessant rains.

It is for the first time that the sluice gates of the Parakrama Samudraya were opened by several feet. All 12 sluice gates of Kaudulla Tank and Minneriya Tank have been opened to release water. Many low lying areas are inundated. The Irrigation Engineer’s office has taken measures to open all 10 sluice gates of the Kantale tank by five feet. Due to the breach of a bund of the Kalu-ulpatha Tank, 50 families are displaced. The vehicular movement on Mutur-Batticaloa, and Batticaloa–Colombo roads has been disrupted due to the incessant rain. A large number of people are reported to be displaced in Trincomalee, while floods are reported in Samanthurai, Ninthavur, Akkaraipattu and Thirukkovil areas in Ampare.

The Irrigation Department has requested the people living near Mee Oya and Kala Oya to exercise caution as sluice gates of Rajanganne, Inginimitiya and Thabbowa reservoirs are opened. Torrential rain has caused landslides in many areas in and around Kandy. Due to a landslide that occurred in Bogambara in Kandy a house was totally buried this morning. A couple who were trapped inside the house was rescued by the local residents. The circular road around the Kandy Lake was also closed to traffic due to fallen trees and mounds of earth since this morning. Vehicular movement was disrupted on several roads around Kandy town and in Katugastota and Aniwatta areas due to earth slips. A number of landslides were reported in Wattegama area while floods were reported in polgolla, Akurana, and Mahaiyawa areas. Meanwhile the Chief Minister of Central Province has informed the Principals to take necessary action to close schools tomorrow if they cannot be opened tomorrow due to the flood situation.