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Signs of improvement in weather. However, thundershowers are expected after March

Feb 8, 2011 11:13:13 AM - itnnews.lk

The Department of Meteorology says there are signs of an improvement in the weather within the next few days.

Director General of the Department G.B. Samarasinghe however said referred to a danger of experiencing thunder showers after March. He pointed out that the rain experienced during the last two months was a two fold increase of the rain which is experienced for a year.

The A-28 Kandy-Mahiyangana Road which was suspended for traffic movement due to earth slips has been re-opened. Only movement of light vehicles is possible and not heavy vehicles as there are obstructions to the highway at several locations due to the earth slips. Heavy vehicles can move only up to Udadumbara.

In the meantime the Badulla-Lunugala road, which could be used as an alternative to the Kandy-Mahiyangana Road is also impassable due to a threat of landslide of the Heenagoda mountain.

There is a threat to an intensification of the danger a landslide at Rattota in Matale. Transport along the Rattota-Wilgamuwa road via Laggala is paralysed. 29 houses have been devastated by an earth slip.

Four houses have been damaged due to earth slips at Nayawatte and the first post in Badulla. The Badulla Disaster Management Centre had evacuated the affected families to secure places.

The Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa road has been temporarily closed due to the overflow of the Mahaweli River and Ambanganga. A special train service has been started as an alternative.

The Assistant Director of the Batticaloa District Agricultural Department R. Hariharan said that about 1000 acres of paddy cultivation within 14 Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Batticaloa have been destroyed.

Trincomalee District Secretary T.T. R. de Silva said that more than eleven thousand hectares of paddy cultivations in the District are under water. Transport along the Alla-Kantale and Thambalagamuwa-Kinniya roads has come to a standstill following the overflow of the Mahaweli River.

Polonnaruwa District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri said that nearly 50 thousand acres of paddy cultivations in the District are destroyed. In the meantime transport along the Colombo-Batticaloa Highways is paralysed.

With the improvement of weather conditions in Anuradhapura, flood waters within the City are subsiding. However, our correspondents said that Thanthiramale, Horowpathana and Padavi Sripura areas are still under water.

An improvement in the weather in Ampara is also reported. Sluice gates of the Senanayake Reservoir at Inginiyagala were opened four feet each following torrential rain experienced in the past few days. Reconstruction of roads damaged by floods has already commenced.