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Polonnaruwa declared a disaster area

Jan 10, 2011 6:09:25 AM - itnnews.lk

A disaster situation has been declared in the Polonnaruwa District due to the overflowing of tanks and floods.

7,000 who have been displaced by floods are sheltered in 18 temporary centres. Rescue missions are being carried out with the assistance of the Army.

Duty Engineer W.M.J. Weerasekera said Sluice gates of the Kotmale Reservoir have been opened after its water reached the spill level. He requested the people to exercise caution as the excess water is being released to the Kotmale Oya and Mahaweli River.

The Irrigation Department has called on the people living close to the Malwatu Oya to be vigilant as sluice gates of number of tanks including the Nuwara Wewa have been opened. The Matale junction on Trincomalee– Anuradhapura Road has been inundated. Ten sluice gates of the Rajangana Reservoir have been opened. It releases 13,253 cubic feet of water per second causing the danger of floods in several low lying areas. The Irrigation Engineer’s office has taken measures to open the sluice gates of Padaviya Tank for the third time. Biso Kotuwa, Kambiliwewa, Gemunupura and Kavantissapura and Sri Pura areas are threatened with floods.

In the Ampara District nearly 200,000 people are affected by the floods while one person has lost his life. A large number of low lying areas are under water as sluice gates of all tanks in the district have been opened. The water level of the Senanayake Samudra has reached the spill level. The Army and Security forces are jointly working with the Irrigation Department to minimize the danger posed by a breach in the Nawagiriawa Tank bund.

The Duty Engineer’s Office said sluice gates of the Randenigala and Rantambe Reservoirs have also been opened.

500,000 people are displaced due to floods in Batticaloa. They are placed in 146 temporary shelters by the Disaster Management Centre. A meeting was held under the patronage of Easter Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan to discuss relief measures.

Minister S.M. Chandrasena visited the Horowpathana area to look into the requirements of the flood affected people. The Navy and the Police are working jointly to rescue the displaced people and provide relief.