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* Rains, floods wreak havoc in Sri Lanka, 9 killed in landslides
Mon, Jun 2, 2014, 11:20 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 02, Colombo: Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Sri Lanka Monday causing floods and submerging roads in low-lying areas.

The Disaster Management Centre said that several low lying areas in the country are inundated due to the heavy rainfall and Kalutara district is the most affected with flash floods due to overflow of Uyanwattha Weva.

Low-lying areas in the Agalawatta, Welipanna, Matugama, Paalinda Nuwara and Omatta Divisions of Kalutara district are affected by floods.

Local media reports said 9 people have been killed and another two are missing due to earth slips in the areas of Matugama, Kithulgoda and Thalangama.

Meanwhile, the train services on the main and northern railway lines that were disrupted earlier ue to the floods around the Ragama Railway Station have returned to normal as floods have receded, the Railway Control Room said.

The Meteorology Department meanwhile predicted heavy rainfall - more than 100 mm in some areas.

Due to the convergence of wind flow showery weather will occur in the western, Sabaragamuwa, and Central Provinces and in Galle and Matara districts, the Meteorology Department said.

Thundershowers are expected to develop at several places in the Uva , North central and Eastern provinces during the afternoon or evening.

According to the weather forecast fairly strong winds can be expected along the western slopes of the Central hills at times. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

The Department warned the general public to take adequate precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities.

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