Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center (DMC) Wednesday warned of adverse weather with possible landslides as heavy rains are expected to lash the country for the next few days.
The DMC issuing an alert at 15:30 local time said low pressure area in the vicinity of Sri Lanka has developed in to a depression and hence heavy rains and gusty winds of around 60 kmph can be expected over the island.
The Meteorology Department issuing a weather alert said the low pressure area in the vicinity of Sri Lanka has developed in to a depression and it is expected to develop further and move away from the island along the southern coast.
"Hence, heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas can be expected further in the deep and shallow sea areas around the island and heavy rains and gusty strong winds (about 60) kmph over the island."
Showers or thundershowers will occur most parts of the island and very heavy falls of above 150mm can be expected at some places in the Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Western province. Heavy falls (above 100 mm) can be expected at some places elsewhere, the Met Department said.
"Very heavy rains, very strong winds and very rough seas can be expected further in the deep and shallow sea areas around the island," the Meteorology Department said urging the naval and fishing communities to refrain from naval activities in the sea off the country.
Spokesman for the Disaster Management Center, Pradeep Kodippili people are warned of floods in the areas with rivers and landslides in the mountainous areas.
The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) issued an alert on possibility of landslides in Matale district and Medadumbara divisional secretariat division and surrounding areas in Kandy district.
In a warning issued at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday NBRO urged the public in the affected districts, if the rains continue, to be watchful on the possibility of landslides, slope failures, rock falls, cutting failures and ground subsidence since the rainfall within the past 24 hours has exceeded 75mm.
DMC Spokesman said the authorities including the police have been alerted to be ready to face any possible disaster situation.