May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Department of Irrigation has issued a flood warning for several areas despite a slight reduction in the rainfall in the past few hours as the water levels in the major rivers of the island are rising to flood levels.
According to a warning issued early Monday morning, the water levels of Kelani River, Gin River, Nil Wala River, Kalu River, Attanagalu Oya and Ma Oya are continuing to rise.
The water level in Kelani River is receding in Deraniyagala, Kithulgala and Holombuwa areas but reaching spill level lower stream from Avissawella to Nagalagam Street.
Water level of Nil Wala River upstream is decreasing while lower stream below Akuressa is rising to a major flood level.
Meanwhile, the department said water level of the Attanagalu Oya was reaching caution level at the Dunamale water indicator and warned the people living in Negombo, Ja-Ela, Minuwangoda and Gampaha to be vigilant of minor flood situation. It said, the vehicular movement could be affected on the Gampaha- Ja-Ela Road and the Gampaha- Minuwangoda Road as a result.
Kalu Ganga and its tributary Kuda Oya were reaching the caution level at the Ellagawa and Millakanda.
The Irrigation Department says, due to the continuing rain, the water levels of main rivers are at flood stage and requests the people living in lowland areas near the river to be vigilant of the water level and protect themselves from flash floods.
The Irrigation Department said it is constantly monitoring the situation and will inform the public ahead of time about the rise in water levels of the rivers.