Landslide warnings as heavy rains batter East and Central Hills

MATALE – House hit by landslide/DMC

ECONOMYNEXT – Heavy rains and strong winds are battering Sri Lanka’s Eastern and Central areas causing floods and landslides, the country’s Disaster Management Centre reported this afternoon December 22.

It said the ferocity of the annual North Eastern monsoon is in full spate but no serious incidents or loss of life had been reported as yet.

Pradeep Kodipilli, spokesman for the Disaster Management Centre told EconomyNext that the Matale region had received heavy rain and some landslides had been reported.

“However no displacements or injuries have been reported,” he said.

The Manampitiya Bridge was seeing high water levels and officials are hoping the water levels will ease off, he said.

Waters rising in the Manampitiya area as heavy rain falls/DMC

The Meteorological Department is forecasting heavy rains of more than 100mm for the Eastern and Uva Provinces with the districts of Mullaitivu, Matale, Polonnaruwa, Kilinochchi and Nuwara Eliya districts most affected.
These weather conditions will prevail until 6 am tomorrow 23 December, the Met Department said. (Colombo, December 22, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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