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Floods disrupts civilian life

Feb 5, 2011 6:11:11 AM - itnnews.lk

Adverse weather conditions have paralysed civilian life in many parts of the country.

More than 47,000 people are displaced in Batticaloa District due to floods. Batticaloa Government Agent S. Arumainayagam said that 56 welfare centres have been setup. Vehicular movement has been disrupted as many roads are inundated.

More than 98,500 people belonging to 26 thousand 824 families are displaced in the Ampara District due to the floods. 60 camps have been setup.

All sluice gates of the Kantale tank were opened due to the heavy rain. Irrigation Engineer I. Kananke said the tank bund had to be cut as water reached danger levels.

100 acres in Kalalgamuwa area in Ududumbara have caved in. It has posed a threat to Minuwangamuwa area which lies lower than the Kalalgamuwa hilly area. People are being provided facilities with the intervention of the Divisional Secretary. The officials of the Geological survey and Mining Bureau carried out a study in the area. They said that the caving in was caused due the earth not being stable due to a landslide that occurred several years ago.

Polonnaruwa Zonal Irrigation Director E. Sumanadasa said that the Kavudulla reservoir in Medirigiriya does not pose a threat. The Disaster Management Unit has taken measures to provide relief to the affected people.

Many villages in the Sri Pura and Welioya Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Padaviya have been inundated. The affected people are being provided relief with the help of boats.

Deputy Minister Nandimithra Ekanayake has taken measures to find solutions for the problems of the affected people in the Dambulla area.

Floods have damaged a building of the Gammaduwa Tamil School. Our correspondent said the landslide threat is remaining in Punchi Rattota area. 22 houses have been affected.

Many areas in the Badulla District have experienced landslides. Earthslips have damaged line rooms in an estate in the Kundagolla area. 22 families have been evacuated. Cultivations have been inundated due to the overflow of the Meegana Arawa in Bibila. The Irrigation Department said that there is a threat of the tank bund being breached.