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* Sri Lanka again under flood threat
Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 01:08 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 15, Colombo: Heavy rain showers experienced in most parts of Sri Lanka had resulted in rising water levels in the major reservoirs again, Irrigation Department officials said.

According to the Irrigation Department, the average water storage in irrigation reservoirs is 94 percent of capacity as of yesterday.

Five reservoirs of Mahaweli Development Scheme and 16 irrigation reservoirs were at spill levels by yesterday.

Mahaweli reservoirs Randenigala, Udawalawa, Kandalama, Kala Weva, Rathkinda and Ulhitiya and a number of other irrigation reservoirs in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa and Hambantota districts are at spill levels.

Major reservoirs Padaviya, Rajanganaya, Nachchaduwa, Minneriya, Parakrama Samudraya, Kavudulla and Lumugamwehera are also spilling.

Thee road from Somawathiya to Suganwila in Polonnaruwa remain closed due to heavy rains inundating the area while the road from Polonnaruwa to Batticaloa is passable, the Disaster Management Center said.

Several areas of the Ampara district are submerged and thousands of acres of paddy fields are under water following the heavy rains experienced throughout the Eastern Province last few days.

The Meteorology Department expects heavy rain falls of about 100mm at some places in the Eastern, Central, Uva and Southern provinces due to a persisting atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka.

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