Flood warnings for Kelani and Kalu, sea to be rough

Heavy rains during the 24 hour period that ended at 9.30 a.m. this morning (22 Oct) claimed five lives and displaced 10,823 people from 3,048 families the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reports.

According to the situation report released by DMC, people from the Central, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, North-Western, Southern and Northern provinces are affected.

Accordingly, 8,978 people from 2,620 families in the North-Western province and 1,002 people from 232 families in the Central Province are the most affected by the weather conditions.

Further 5 were killed and 12 were injured due to the prevailing weather conditions, 3 were reported dead in  Welimada area due to heavy rains, one from Kandakatiya area due to a chemical incident and one in Pelmadulla due to drowning.

Hydrology Division of the Irrigation Department has also issued a flood warning report on Kelani and Kalu Ganga and to the Aththanagalu Oya.

The water level of the Aththanagalu Oya has reached to minor flood level in Dunamale and the people under the divisional secretariats of Negombo, Ja Ela, Katana, Minuwangoda, Gampaha and Aththanagalla are requested to be vigilant. The department also states that the water level of the Kelani Ganga is rising from the Nagalagamwidiya while the water level of the Kalu Ganga is rising from Millakanda.

People living near and in low lying areas of the rivers are requested to be vigilant.

According to the Department of Metrology, the highest rainfall during the past 24 hour period that ended at 8.30 am this morning was reported 132.5 mm from Nikaweratiya, Kurunegala.

The Met dept also states that showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Northern province and several spells of showers will occur in Western, Sabaragamuwa, North-western and Central provinces and in Galle, Matara and Anuradhapura districts, showers or thundershowers are expected to occur elsewhere after 1.00 p.m.

Fairly heavy falls about 75 mm can be expected at some places in Uva province and in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Ampara and Batticaloa districts.

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The naval and the fishing communities in the Northern, Southern and Southeastern areas are also requested to be vigilant during the day due to sudden increase of wind speed up to 70-80 Kmph due to active cloudiness with a possibility of heavy shower or thunderstorms and sudden roughness in the sea in the above-mentioned areas.

Director of the Disaster Management Unit of the Ministry of Health Dr Hemantha Herath urged the public to be protect themselves from respiratory problems, skin diseases and avoid stepping into the water although the flooding conditions have decreased, he also said to be prepared for the risk of dengue fever that may increase after the flood conditions.

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