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Many areas still flooded

Jan 11, 2011 5:58:05 AM - itnnews.lk

A number of areas are still under water. The floods in the Polonnaruwa have receded. The people living close to tanks and rivers in Anuradhapura are requested to exercise caution.

The Irrigation Engineer has requested the people in the lower reaches of the Kalawewa to be vigilant as the sluice gates of the Kalawewa will be opened. The Nachchaduwa tank has reached the spill level. Meanwhile the Nuwarawewa is also filled to capacity and the water is being released to the Malwatuoya. The people living around the Malwatu-oya are requested to be vigilant. All 17 sluice gates of the Rajangana reservoir have been opened. Our representative says that the sluice gates of Hurulu-wewa and Padaviya-wewa have been opened. Minister S.M. Chandrasena inspected the main tanks in the districts.

The flood waters in the Polonnaruwa District are receding. The situation is returning to normalcy in certain areas. Rains were not experienced during the day and if the weather will continue schools will be opened tomorrow. The District Secretary of Polonnaruwa Nimal Abeysiri said that water is remaining only in several areas.

322,743 people of 86,035 families are displaced in the Batticaloa District. They are sheltered in 185 camps. Rains are continuing in Batticaloa while the Navy is carrying out rescue operations.

Rain was not experienced in the Kandy District. The funeral of the seven people who died due to a landslide will be conducted today.

A number of landslides are reported in Matale. 200 feet on the Rattota – Laggala – Riverston road has caved in. Eight houses have been damaged. Many other houses are damaged in Rattota area due to earth slips.

Rains are continuing in Ampara District. 40 houses are damaged in Nawagampura area. Larges stretches of paddy fields have gone under water.

832,447 people are displaced throughout the country due to inclement weather. They are sheltered in 215 camps. 938 houses are totally damaged while 4,000 houses are partially damaged..