Heavy rain and high winds forecast due to cyclonic conditions in the Bay of Bengal
ECONOMYNEXT – The Met Department is warning that a depression in the Bay of Bengal located about 670 km away from Trincomalee is developing into a severe cyclonic storm that will probably move towards the coast of the Indian state of West Bengal in the next two days.
This weather system will bring heavy showers in several areas of Sri Lanka pouring down more than 150 mm of rain.
Heavy rains in Sabaragamuva has claimed two lives in Kegalle. A 48-year-old man was caught in a current and a 64-year-old woman buried alive in a landslide.
Landslide warnings have been issued for eight districts by the National Buildings Research Organisation. The are Kandy, Galle, Matara, Matale, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara and Kurunegala.
The Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces will bear the brunt of the heavy rain and winds around 40 to 50 kilometers per hour, the department said.
The seas from Mannar to Potuvil via Colombo and Hambantota will be rough with deep swells likely and winds around 70 km per hour, the weather forecast said.
Fishing vessels are advised to take care as severe storms with high winds are likely to develop.
The Disaster Management Centre meanwhile is reporting that around 1,500 people have lost their homes or have been moved to safe places due to the rain and winds in several parts of the country.
The Irrigation Department has issued warnings to people living in several riverine areas.
The North Western Province is the hardest hit with 610 people displaced. Most of them are from the Chilaw area where several hundred people have been evacuated because of flood risk as the waters of the Deduru Oya is rising.
People living in Maho, Nikaweratiya, Kobeigane, Bingiriya, Rasnayakepura, Wariyapola, Pallama and Arachchikattuwa have been warned of the rising Deduru Oya.
Other zones are along the Attanagalu Oya where warnings are given to people living in Attanagalle, Wattala, Gampaha, Divulapitiya, Jaela, Mahara, Katana and Minuwangoda.
Along the Kelani warnings have been issued to people living in Ruwanwella, Seethavaka, Dompe, Sitavaka, Kaduwela, Biyagama, Homagama and Kolonnawa.
In the South the Nilwala and the Bentara rivers are also rising. (Colombo, May 16, 2020)