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Rains play havoc again

May 27, 2011 10:57:32 AM - itnnews.lk

Five Districts including Galle are severely impacted by torrential rain. The Disaster Management Centre has called on residents in low lying areas in the vicinity of Kalu Ganga, Gin Ganga and Nilwala River to be cautious.

Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said that 1299 members comprising 409 families are totally affected by floods. There are five deaths. Four are due to floods and another in the Kalutara District as a result of lightening. One house is totally damaged and 14 are partially damaged.

Disaster Managements Units in the Districts via the Disaster Management Ministry are releasing the required grants to the District Secretaries to provide assistance.

The Galle District is the worst affected due to torrential rain. Many areas including Thavalama, Neluwa, Mapalagama, Nagoda, Baddegama, Wakwella and Udugama are under water by the overflow of Gin Ganga.

A minor flood situation has arisen as the water level of Kalu Ganga has risen. Two sluice gates of Kukule Ganga Reservoir were opened 30 centimetres each in the wee hours of today. Many low lying areas within the Seethwakapura Local Government Council are flooded as a result of the overflow of the Kelani River and Seethawaka River. 2800 Gerkin barrels of a private factory at Wariyagoda along the Alawwa-Nelumdeniya Road were washed away following floods. Each barrel is worth 8000 rupees.

The water level at the Nagalagam Street Water Gauge in Colombo has risen. The Irrigation Department said it would result in a minor flood situation. A mother and her daughter have been killed due to a landslide in the Damwela area at Galigamuwa in Kegalle.

Torrential rain has impacted transport on the Narammala-Kuliyapitiya main road within the Kuliyapitiya East Divisional Secretariat Division. Pihalpola and Horombawa areas have gone under water.