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* Water level of Gin Ganga rises further, showery condition to enhance today and tomorrow
Tue, Oct 9, 2018, 10:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 09, Colombo: According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC), the water level of the Gin Ganga is gradually increasing as all parts of Galle District are still receiving rains and the Polathumodera River has reached the spill level.

The highest rainfall in the Galle District has been reported from Nagoda area in the 24 hours ending at 6 am today (09) and it is 85 millimeter. Yakkalamulla has received 75 mm rain fall.

A minor flood situation has been reported in the Yakkalamulla town due to the rise of the water level in the Polathumodera River.

As the rain continues, the low lying areas in the Galle district have been inundated and the flood waters are not receding, according to the Galle district Disaster Management Center.

Head of the District Disaster Management Unit, Colonel Dampath Ratnayake, said that the Agaliya Mulkada Bridge and Avitthawa Bridge blocked by bamboo trees have been cleared with the help of the Navy and the Irrigation Department.

The Wakwella Bridge is scheduled to be cleared today, he added. Rescue teams are stationed in Neluwa, Thawalama and Nagoda areas in the event of an emergency, he said.

Meanwhile, the sluice gates of Deduru Oya, Polgolla, Lakshapana and Rajanganaya reservoirs have been opened and the DMC requested the people in low lying areas of the rivers to be on alert for flooding.

The Irrigation Department has taken measures to control the water levels of the reservoirs due to the heavy showers.

The Meteorology Department meanwhile said the depression in the Bay of Bengal is now concentrated into a deep depression and located 950 km away from Trincomalee.

Due to the effect of the system, prevailing showery condition is expected to enhance over the island during today and tomorrow (09th and 10th October).

Fairly strong gusty winds up to 50 kmph can be expected over the Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, North-western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle, Matara and Mannar districts.

Very heavy falls above 150 mm can be expected at some places in Western, North-western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle, Matara districts.

Heavy falls about 100mm can be expected in Uva province.

 

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