Thirteen Districts of the country are hit by the continuous heavy downpour. People are affected by landslides and overflowing rivers.
According to the Disaster Management Centre Trincomalee, Matale, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Badulla, Vavuniya, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Ampara, Puttalam, Kegalla, Mannar and Monaragala Districts are reeling under the adverse weather conditions. The Centre said that more than 100 thousand people are affected due to the heavy showers. Four deaths have been reported.
The most affected is the Polonnaruwa District. It is still experiencing incessant rain. A disaster situation has been declared in the District. The Medirigiriya town is totally inundated. 11 sluice gates of Kawudulla tank had been opened up to nine feet each. Our correspondent said that many buildings in the town are inundated as a result. The security forces and the police are continuously engaged in relief operations. People have been evacuated from the Medirigiriya town. The Irrigation Engineer said that the sluice gates will have to be opened by 10 feet if the rain continued.
Meanwhile the traffic movement in Katale-Seruwila road has been disrupted due to incessant rains. The Navy has deployed boats to rescue people. A vessel engaged in a rescue mission met with disaster last night in Sittaru area. Five people are reported missing. There are two children among them. 17 have been hospitalized. An operation has been launched is search of the missing people. All tanks in Anuradhapura District have reached the spill level and the Resident Engineer of Nachchaduwa, Lalith de Alwis said that all six sluice gates of the Nachchaduwa tank have been opened.
The traffic movement on several roads is disrupted and people living in low lying areas have been evacuated.
The Disaster Management Centre said 100 families are displaced due to the overflow of the Barack Lane Reservoir in Nuwara Eliya. 1000 acres of vegetable cultivation has been inundated. Agriculture Minster of the Central Province Nimal Piyatissa is focusing on the future action that should be taken regarding the destroyed cultivated areas.
Many houses have gone under water due to the opening of sluice gates Ratkinda twin reservoir at Ulhitiya. The houses in Vavu-gama Area are also inundated.
Our correspondent said thick fog was being experienced in the Pallal-pathana area in Walapane. Several houses have also been damaged due to landslides. The Disaster Management Centre and the Police have requested the public to refrain from visiting the areas stricken by disaster.