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Inclement weather continues in many areas

May 29, 2011 12:51:08 AM - itnnews.lk

Many areas continue to experience inclement weather. Assistant Director of the Disaster management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said that Kegalle, Galle, and Kalutara Districts are the mostly affected.

He said that 1012 families consisting of 3627 individuals are affected in several districts. Five deaths have occurred in Kegalle and 2 in Kalthota. Eighteen houses have been totally damaged while 33 houses are partially damaged. He said that the Disaster management Unit has extended relief with the participation of the officials. The Disaster management national centre is coordinating with other units round the clock. The Disaster management Ministry is proving the required funds through the Divisional Secretaries.

Divisional Secretary Nalika Piyasena said that 500 families in 11 Grama  Niladhari divisions are affected in Dehiovita in Kegalle district. The situation has been caused due to the spilling of the Sithwaka river. Distribution of relief amongst the affected people took place under the patronage of Minster Mahinda Amaraweera.

Large extents of low lying areas have gone under water in Galle District. Galle, Pitigala, North Pitigala, Metiviliya, Pattinigoda, Hattaka and Uhangoda areas are inundated. The affected people were provided cooked food and other necessities.

A number of roads are inundated due to the spilling of  Kirama Ara in Matara.

The irrigation Department said that a minor flood occurred near the Kelani river this afternoon. The Department called upon people living near the river to exercise caution.

A fallen tree on the main road in the Ginigathhena town has damaged the power lines. A house near the Divisional Secretariat has been damaged due to a land slide. Our representative said that a three wheeler was buried due to the  land slide. The movement of vehicular traffic disrupted due to the land slide on the Hatton- Colombo main road has been restored.

Meanwhile Duty Officer at the Met Department Merril Mendis said that South-West Monsoons are being activated and rainy weather is expected in the South-West region of the country during today and the next few days. Scattered rains may be experienced in Western, Sabaragamuva and Central provinces as well as Galle and Matara districts during the course of the day. Heavy showers may be experienced in several places.