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Rain will continue

Jan 11, 2011 10:36:49 AM - itnnews.lk

The inclement weather condition will continue to prevail. The Government has a broad programme to extend relief to the affected persons.

The Disaster Management Centre said relief operations are being carried out through the District Secretaries. The support of the Armed Forces is being solicited for the granting of relief. The most number of persons affected by the inclement weather is from the Eastern Province. More than 135,000 families in the Batticaloa District alone are affected. The displaced have been found shelter at 185 centres.

The Ampara District experienced heavy rain throughout today. 20 houses in Nawagamuwa are under water. Ampara District Secretary Sunil Kannangara said about 88,000 families are hindered. Water levels of all reservoirs in the area have risen.

Transport on the Kantale–Colombo road which was paralysed for some days has returned to normality. Traffic movement has come to a standstill as the road near the Potang-Kaatuwa bridge in Kaltale has caved in. The road was now being repaired. The rail track at several places is damaged due to rain. The Railway Department is confident that the operation of trains will return to normal from tonight.

Over 10,000 persons in the Polonnaruwa District are affected. Many areas including Aralagangwila, Manampitiya and Dehiattakandiya are inundated. The Batticaloa–Polonnaruwa road is about six feet under water due to the overflow of the Mahaweli River. The Police supported in saving the lives of persons caught in the floods. Minister Maithripala Sirisena has appealed to the public to support in granting relief to the displaced.