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* High winds in Sri Lanka damage houses, close university
Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 07:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 13, Colombo: The Vice Chancellor of Sri Lanka's Sabaragamuwa University Prof. Chandana P. Udawatta announced the university will closed for a week due to possible dangers of strong winds.

The University buildings have sustained severe damages due to winds. Roof of one of the hostels was flown away and the Vice Chancellor said the students were asked to leave the hostels since staying there was risky.

Meteorology Department meanwhile predicted rough winds in the central hills today. However, the sources from the Nuwara Eliya and Badulla districts said that the winds were slower today than yesterday.

According to the Disaster Management Center, around 100 houses in the Badulla District, 193 houses in the Nuwara Eliya District and many houses in the Ratnapura District have been damaged due to heavy rains and winds.

In the Ratnapura District, more than 50 houses have been damaged in the Halpe and Nittamaluwa Grama Niladhari Divisions. Another 20 houses and 13 shops were damaged due to strong winds that were experienced in Balangoda, and Samanalawewa. Around 150 people affected by the disaster have been temporarily housed in the Halpe and Veheragoda schools.

Meanwhile, reports from Dambulla area in North Central Province said that several houses were damaged due to rough wind in the area.

Strong gusting winds were reported from Hambantota district too. The Disaster Management Center of the district reported that seven houses had been damaged due to winds in the area.

Meanwhile, two sluice gates of the Lakshapana Reservoir have been opened following the rise of water levels in the Reservoir. People living in the reservoir area and in the both banks of the Kelani Ganga are requested to be vigilant about possible flash floods. The Media Spokesman of the Disaster Management Centre Sarath Lal Kumara told national radio that measures have been taken to provide relief facilities to the people affected by heavy winds in the three Districts. Disaster Management Officers under the supervision of the District Secretaries will carry out the provision of relief facilities.

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