Nov 30, Colombo: Torrential rains accompanied by gusty winds lashed across Sri Lanka caused destruction and deaths, especially in Southern Province and in the central hills.
At least five deaths have been reported due to the adverse weather and several fishing boats have gone missing in the South.
A 50-year-old motorcycle rider died on the Kuruwigolla-Ambalama road in Madolsima area when a tree fell on the motorcycle and a three wheeler due to heavy rains and winds that ravaged the area last night.
Six people in a small lorry were injured when a tree fell on the vehicle in Kiribathgoda area. One of the injured, a 45-year-old resident of Kelaniya succumbed to his injuries at the Ragama Hospital.
In another incident a 46-year-old resident of Hikkaduwa was killed when a boat capsized in the Kahawa coastal area of Ambalangoda.
Meanwhile, several sea vessels are missing, and the radio signal installations are damaged in the South according to the national TV news.
It is reported that the fishermen of Dodanduwa and Tangalle have been affected due to adverse weather conditions that prevailed in the area.
Three fishing vessels that sailed from Dodanduwa have gone missing. However, all the fishermen in those vessels but one have made it to the shore safely.
Director General of Fisheries, Christylal Fernando said a multi-day fishing vessel sailed from Tangalle has gone missing and a body of a fisherman was washed ashore in the coast of Tangalle.
Two fishermen from Ambalangoda and Dodanduwa have been killed and another fishermen from Dodanduwa has gone missing.
Due to strong winds, the radio signal installations in Galle and Matara have been damaged.
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera inquired from officials regarding the situation this morning.
After learning about the impending adverse weather, the Minister at a meeting held on Tuesday has informed the Fisheries Department officials to warn the fishermen of the danger.
Although the adverse weather has not affected the fishermen in the west coastal area of Negombo, the Fisheries Department warned the fishermen to refrain from fishing activities as heavy rains and winds are expected to continue for the next two days.
Meanwhile, Disaster management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said his ministry is ready to face any adverse situation. He said operations will be continued to provide relief to those affected.
The Meteorology Department meanwhile said the depression in the south-west of Sri Lanka has developed in to a deep depression and is located 200 km away from Colombo. It is expected to develop further and move to the Arabian Sea area.
Hence, heavy rains and gusty strong winds (about 60-70 kmph) can be expected over the island, and heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas can be expected further in the deep and shallow sea areas around the island too.
Showers or thundershowers will occur most parts of the island. Very heavy falls (about100-150mm) can be expected at some places in the Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Western and Uva provinces.