ECONOMYNEXT- The effects of cyclonic storm Amphan in the Bay of Bengal will bring more heavy rain and high winds the Southern and Central parts of the country in the next 24-hours the Department of Meteorology said.
The forecast predicts rainfall exceeding 150 mm in the Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle and Matara districts while Wind speed can increase up to (50-60) kmph at times over the island.
These conditions have already caused 3 deaths in flooding and landslides, the Disaster Management Centre said.
The Met department also states that the rainy conditions are expected to continue in the Southwest corner of the island especially in Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces
The department issued a warning yesterday to people not to engage in fishing or naval activities in the deep and shallow sea areas around the island until further notice due to the strong winds from Amphan cyclone which can rise up to 200 km/h.
National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has issued red level landslide notices identifying Rathnapura, Ayagama, Elapatha, Kalawana and Kiriella which need to be evacuated immediately as they have been identified as high hazard areas.
Irrigation Department has also issued a notice about the increasing water level of Kalu Ganga which can result in minor floods in Rathnapura, Kuruwita, Ayagama, Kiriella and Elapatha.
According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), as of yesterday evening,3 deaths have been reported and a total of 1433 people from 436 families have been affected by the prevailing weather conditions with higher numbers from Polonnaruwa and Ampara district.
Also, a total of 420 houses have partially or fully damaged by the prevailing weather conditions.(Colombo/May19/2020)