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Floods paralyse civilian life

Feb 8, 2011 5:03:20 AM - itnnews.lk

Civilian life is paralyzed in many parts of the country due to floods as a result of incessant rain.

Thousand acres of paddy land have been inundated in Batticaloa. Assistant Director of the District Agriculture Department R. Hariharan said that paddy cultivations in 14 Divisional Secretariat areas including Vakare, Kiran, Chenkaladi, Vavunativu, Wellaweli and Kokkadicholai have been destroyed.

11,455 hectares of paddy lands are also inundated in the Trincomalee District, according to District Secretary T.T.R. de Silva. The movement vehicular traffic is suspended on Alla-Kantale and Thambalagamuwa – Kinniya roads due to floods. Sripura in Padaviya, Seruwila and Muttur are still experiencing floods. However the rainy weather is reported to be easing.

Polonnaruwa District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri said nearly 50,000 acres of paddy land is affected in the Polonnaruwa District. The Colombo Batticaloa road is closed for traffic. The road is flooded due to opening of sluice gates of reservoirs in the Mahaweli Zone. Sudu-nelum-gama, suwa-setha-gama, Gallella and Somawathi located along the Mahaweli river bank are inundated.

The weather is improving in Anuradhapura and the water level of Malwatu-Oya is receding while the water in the Anuradhapura town is also subsiding. Our correspondent said that Thanthirimale and Horowpathana areas are still under water.

The flood situation in Ampara District is easing. The Irrigation Department has called upon the people living on the banks of Galoya to maintain vigilance as the sluice gates of the Senanayaka Samudra in Inginiyagala has been opened by four feet each. Renovation of the damaged roads is underway.