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Floods paralyse transport. Spill gates are opened

Feb 2, 2011 10:08:27 AM - itnnews.lk

Transport has been paralysed in many areas due to the adverse weather prevailed in many parts of the country.

The Colombo-Battacaloa Highway at Gallella area is under war totally halting traffic movement. Trains are operating only up to Manampitiya. One kilometer of the Mnampitiya area is about four feet under water due to the overflow of Amban River and Mahaweli River. Sluice gates of all tanks in Polonnaruwa have been opened. Out reporter said that all areas which were flooded recently due to adverse weather conditions have gone under water.

In the meantime, traffic movement along the Badulu-Gammana road is paralysed due to the overflow of Gal Oya in Bibile. Transport on the Bibila-Moneragala Road is also impacted as the stretch from Bibila to Medagama has caved in.

All tank in the Trincomalee District are overflowing due to the torrential rain that was being experienced. As a result several roads are flooded. The Trincomalee District Secretariat said that many houses have also gone under water and a large number displaced. All sluice gates of the Kantale Tank have been opened four inches each.

Sluice gates of large tanks and reservoirs in the Anuradhapura have been opened again. Even small tanks are overflowing. The Irrigation Department has called on residents in low lying areas to be cautious.

Meanwhile Rattota, Yatawatte and Ukuwela areas in Matale have been declared as disaster areas. Dambulla, Galewala and Naula areas have also been declared as disaster areas. The Matale District Secretary has done so o the instructions of theDisaster Management Centre. The higher grades of the Bandaranaike Vidyalaya in Matale and the Imbulpitiya Maha Vidyalaya at Ukuwela were closed due to the looming danger.

The stretch near the sixth mile post along the Kandapola-Nuwara Eliya Road is about two feet under water. About 200 acres of vegetable cultivations are submerged. Continuous rain is being experienced in the areas for three days. Meanwhile, Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri said that about 19 families had been evacuated due to a landslide threat in the Kumbalgamuwa area in Walapone. Even the Keerthibandara school at Kumbalgamuwa has been closed until further notice.