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Floods and landslides wreak havoc

Jan 10, 2011 10:47:01 AM - itnnews.lk

Torrential rain is forecast in several districts. Floods and landslides are reported from many areas.

The North and the East are severely impacted by heavy rain. The Batticaloa district experienced a rainfall 317 millimeters yesterday. It is reported to be the highest rainfall experienced in the district in 100 years.

Duty Engineer W.M.J. Weerasekera said sluice gates of the Kotmale reservoir have been opened as the water has neared spill level. The public have been called upon to be vigilant as the water was being released to the Kotmale Oya and Mahaweli River.

The Laxapana and Wimalasurendra reservoirs have reached the spill level. Accordingly, two sluice gates of the Laxapana reservoir have been opened. Excess water of reservoirs including Castleraegh and Maoussakelle is now being released. Nuwara Eliya district Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri said leave of Grama Niladharis and Divisional Secretaries of the district has been cancelled to support the people in the phase of the disastrous situation.

Meanwhile, the Irigation Department has called upon the people living on either side of Malwatu Oya to be cautious as all tanks including the Nuwara Wewa in Anuradhapura are overflowing. The Anuradhapura – Trincomalee highway at Matale junction is flooded..

10 sluice gates of the Rajanganne reservoir have been opened. There is a danger of low lying areas being flooded as 13, 253 cubic feet of water was being released per second to the canal ways.

The Project Irrigation Engineers Office has taken the initiative to open the sluice gates of the Padaviya tank for the third time. As a result, several low lying areas are threatened with floods.

The Randenigala and Rantembe reservoirs have reached the spill level. As such, the Duty Engineer’s Office said the sluice gates had to be opened.

Several landslides are reported along the Badulla – Bibila road due to torrential rain. Our correspondents said that the situation which surfaced yesterday due to strong winds had not eased. Many shops were damaged due to the strong winds which lashed the Lunugala tow. Power supplies are interrupted. In the meantime, 84 houses are damaged due to the cyclone which struck the Badalkumbura area yesterday.

The dangerous situation of the Parakrama samudra in Polonnaruwa has eased. Irrigation Officers said that the water capacity which increased to a dangerous level has returned to normal. The total capacity of the tank is 110 thousand acre feet. By yesterday, it surpassed 113 thousand acre feet. Attempts by Irrigation Officers to release water by opening the 10 sluice gates had been successful.

Transport is impeded in several areas in Matale due to the inclement weather. The Rattota – Kumbal-Oluwa road is closed. The A-9 road is obstructed at the Balakaduwa area due to an earthslip. Transport on several roads in Matale is also affected.

Traffic movement is obstructed as a bridge along the Kantale – Potankaatuwa road has caved in. Our correspondents said that about 200 trucks carrying cement and flour are stranded.

A dangerous situation has surfaced as the main tank bund in Vavuniya has eroded. The Northern Province had been experiencing torrential rain from yesterday. Our correspondent said that all tanks in Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Wanni are overflowing. Divisional Secretariats have unveiled relief programmes. Some houses are damaged due to landslides in the Mawanella town. The residents have been evacuated to safe locations.

All six sluice gates of the Inginimitiya reservoir in Puttalam were again reopened from last night. Four sluice gates of the Tabbowa tank have been opened. Excess water of all reservoirs in the district is being released.