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* Rains batter Sri Lanka, landslide warnings issued
Tue, Sep 5, 2017, 09:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 05, Colombo: Torrential rains battered many parts of Sri Lanka, especially the South and many low lying areas are inundated while the threat of landslides loom in some areas.

Heavy rain has been experienced in many areas in the Southern, Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. As a result many low lying areas in the districts of Kalutara, Galle, and many others are flooded.

It has been reported that due to the heavy rains experienced in areas in the upper basin of the Ging Ganga the water level of the river has increased rapidly. The reservoir and the canals are over flowing. Low lying areas in Nagoda, Weliwitiya, Divithura, Baddegama and Yakkalamulla are inundated. The water level of the Benthara River has also risen.

The Galle District Disaster Management Unit stated that the Mahamodera estuary was opened for the flow of water in the Gin Ganga and the Balapitya Estuary was opened for the flow of water of the Maadu River.

Many roads leading to the Galle City were inundated. The Galle-Baddegama, the Galle Wakwella, the Galle Labuduwa, the Abdul Wahab Mawatha and the Dangedara Road were flooded, the state TV reported.

The areas of Kalutara, Mathugama, Dodangoda, Wadduwa, Panadura, and Aluthgama received a rain fall of over 100 millimeters.

The two approach roads to the historic Kande Vihare in Aluthgama were submerged causing immense hardships to devotees today, the Poya Day. Surrounding shops and houses were also reported to be submerged.

Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Center Colonel Dampath Ratnayake said all measures have been taken to face a sudden flood threat in the Kalutara district. If the rainy condition continues it would cause a landslide risk in areas that fall under the Yatalamatta Grama Niladhari division.

Landslide warnings have been issued to Nagoda in Galle District and the Ambagamuwa Korale in Nuwara Eliya district.

Meanwhile, the rains accompanied with strong winds damaged houses in Polonnaruwa yesterday. At least 175 houses in the Kaduruwela town and several in surrounding villages in Polonnaruwa have been affected by the strong winds and rain. Several electricity posts and power lines had collapsed.

The Disaster Management Centre said 895 members of 237 families were affected by the inclement weather and immediate measures have been taken to provide relief to the people.

In the capital city of Colombo, the movement of traffic was obstructed due to the flooding of several roads in Pettah, Thunmulla, Torrington, and near the Royal College. Vicinity of the SSC grounds were also inundated. Workers of the Colombo Municipal Council undertook a special project to clear the stranded water.

Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department said very heavy showers (100mm-150mm) can be expected in the Western, Southern Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces particularly in Galle, Matara, Ratnapura and Kalutara districts. Fairly heavy falls (about 75mm) are expected at some places elsewhere.


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