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Adverse weather hinders most parts of the country

Feb 3, 2011 10:27:28 AM - itnnews.lk

Adverse weather conditions prevail in several parts of the country. As a result civilian life is affected.

Our correspondent said that the North had been experiencing torrential rain for several days. All tanks are overflowing. Transport on several roads is paralysed. The Alagalla School has been closed. Many people are rendered homeless following the overflow of the 1435 tanks in the Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya Districts. Vavuniya District Secretary P.S.M. Charles said that all necessary initiatives have been taken to extend relief to 7025 families, comprising 26 thousand 291 members affected by torrential rain in the Vavuniya and Cheddikulam Areas.

Spill gates of all tanks in the Polonnaruwa District have been opened due to the incessant rainfall. 100 families at Pinaamankada in Medirigiriya have been evacuated with the opening of the sluice gates of the Kaudulla Reservoir. The water level at Gallella along the Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa Road has risen to six feet. Transport is totally paralysed. The displaced are sheltered at 15 Welfare Centres. District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri said the Disaster Management Centre has initiated action to grant relief to them.

Meanwhile, the Somathi Sacred Area is again flooded. The water level has risen to more than five feet. Even wild animals are hindered by the flood waters.

All tanks in the Anuradhapura District are overflowing. Spill gates the Nachchaduwa, Kalawewa, Rajangana, Nuwarawewa, Padaviya, Wahalkada, Mahakanadarawa and Huruluwewa Reservoirs have been opened. The Irrigation Department has called on the public to exercise vigilance. The Matale Junction main road and many houses in the environs are under water due to the opening of the spill gates of Nuwarawewa.

The North Central Irrigation Engineer said leave of all employees of the Irrigation Department has been cancelled as danger looms in all tanks. He has called on all workers to immediately report for duty.

All tanks in the Trincomalee District are overflowing. More than 300 families in the Potankatuwa area are displaced with the opening of all spill gates of the Kantale Tank. Transport along the Kantale-Trincomlee, Trincomalee-Anuradhapura and Thabalagamuwa-Kinniya roads are totally paralysed due to torrential rain. 54 families comprising 134 members are displaced in the Kovil-adi Mulli-adi area. The Divisional Secretariat is providing them with cooked food.

Members of the Navy have mediated in preventing the breach of the bund of the Vendrasunpura tanks in Kantale. Action was taken to release water from the Anicut with the water level reaching the maximum level. As a result the Anicut has been blocked with sands and stones. Divers of the Navy were engaged in operations this afternoon to protect the tank by clearing the Anicut.

Floods and landslides are reported from several areas in the Central Province. 35 houses in the Udagama South area in Ampitiya were caught up in the landslides. More houses are facing threats. 40 displaced families have taken shelter at the Sri Sangharaja Society Hall at Dalugolla. Among them are many children. Trnsport is hampered at several location on the Ampitiya-Galtenna road due to earthslips.