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* Heavy winds damage over 300 houses in Sri Lanka's hill country
Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 12:16 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's hill country was rocked today by heavy winds brought by the southwestern monsoon.

The Assistant Director of Disaster Management Center Pradeep Kodippili said that 318 houses in Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya and Badulla districts have been partly damaged.

Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri said that 196 houses in the district were partially damaged due to gusting winds.

The spill gates of the Lakshapana reservoir were also opened by six inches after heavy rains, he said.

Sri Lanka Railway announced that the train services between Colombo and Badulla have been suspended tonight since trees have fallen on the railway.

The night mail from Badulla to Colombo has been suspended. The night mail from Colombo will travel only up to Nanu Oya, said a railway spokesman.

The Meteorology Department warned that the possibility for increasing of south-west monsoonal wind speed at times over the country, particularly along the western slopes of the central hills and adjacent sea areas is still high.

This strong windy condition will be reduced to a certain extent after 13th. However monsoonal winds will be continued further.

The deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo and Galle and Eastern deep sea areas (particularly Bay of Bengal sea areas) will be very rough at times as the winds speed can be strengthen up to 70-80kmph at times, the Meteorology Department warned.

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