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Met Dept issues Red Alert as South West monsoon brings heavy rains and high winds

ECONOMYNEXT – The South-West monsoon continues to batter the country with high winds and rain forecast for the next 24 hours.

The Meteorological Department issued a Red Alert due to the dangerous conditions.

Landslide warnings have been issued for the districts of Kalutara, Kegalle, Ratnapura, and Nuwera Eliya. The particular focus is in the areas of Bulathsinghala, Deraniyagala, Yatiyantota, Dehiowita, Pelmadulla, Elapatha, Eheliyagoda, Ratnapura, Kuruwita, Kotmale and Ambagamuwa.

Heavy showers bringing more than 100mm of rain are forecast for the Sabaragamuwa and Central areas and heavy showers can be expected in Galle, Matara and Kalutara, the Meteorological Department said.

The Western, North Western and North Central Provinces will also receive rain.

(Colombo, September 19, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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