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Met Dept : More rain and threat of landslides to continue in a number of areas

FLOODING IN SABARAGAMUWA – Balangoda town inundated afternoon of May 19. More rain is to follow/Facebook.com

ECONOMYNEXT- Rain will continue in the South-western part of the island today while showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces and Galle and Matara districts the Meteorological Department states.

Also, fairly heavy falls about 75 mm can be expected in some places, showers or thundershowers may occur at few places in Uva province in the afternoon and wind speeds can increase up to 50 kmph at times over the island.

As of 6 pm yesterday a total of 20,265 people from 5,356 families have been affected due to weather conditions caused by Cyclone Amphan which has moved away from Sri Lanka and hit West Bengal but its effect is causing heavy weather here.

Officials say 2,171 houses have also been partially or fully damaged due to the Amphan effect.

Only 142 people from 34 families in Ratnapura district have been moved to safe locations maintained by divisional secretariats, as others have moved to homes of relatives and others.

Ratnapura district is the most affected district by the weather so far with 3 deaths reported from the district, and a total of 16,863 people from 4,495 families have been affected in this district alone.

National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) issued a notice yesterday evening declaring Ratnapura Divisional secretariat in Ratnapura district as a high-risk zone for landslides.

The NBRO asked the people living near landslide hazard zones to move to safe locations.

Meanwhile, residents living near landslide hazard zones in divisional secretaries of  Baddegama, Neluwa and Thawalama in Galle District, Opanayaka, Balangoda, Kuruwita, Eheliyagoda, Pelmadulla, and Nivitgala in Ratnapura District, Polgahawela and Mawathagama in Kurunegala District, Deraniyagala, Bulathkohupitiya, Warakapola, Rambukkana, Galigamuwa, Kegalla and Dehigama in Kegalle District, Pitabeddara and Kotapola in Matara District, Agalawatta, Palindinuwara, Bulathsinhala, Walallawita, Ingiriya in Kaluthara District and Ambangagakorale in Nuwara Eliya have been asked to move to safer locations in the event of further rain.

According to the Indian Express, more than 85 deaths have been reported in India and Bangladesh so far due to Cyclone Amphan. (Colombo/May22/2020)