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Tuesday September 21st, 2021
Weather and Climate

More rain forecast for flood & landslide-ravaged Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNECT – Rainfall is expected to temporarily increase over southwestern Sri Lanka over the next 48 hours, the Department of Meteorology said June 08 afternoon, requesting the public to take precautionary measures to minimse damage.

Sri Lanka is still reeling from extreme weather that has wreaked havoc in many parts of the country with 19 people dead and thousands displaced.

The Met Department said rainfall exceeding 75 milimetres is expected in parts of the Western, Sabaragamuwa and North Western provinces and in the Galle, Matara, Nuwara-Eliya, Mannar and Kandy districts.

Rainfall between 60- 95 millimetres have been forecast for parts of the Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Jaffna, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Trincomalee and Mannar districts.

Two more deaths due to adverse weather were reported yesterday, increasing the total to 19, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

Five deaths have been reported in the Kegalle distract, four in Kalutara, three each in Gampaha and Rathnapura, two in Puttalam and one each in Colombo and Galle, along with one missing person reported in Kurunegala.

A total of 23,149 people have been evacuated to 75 temporary relief camps, th

Twenty properties have been completely destroyed and 1,005 properties have sustained damages due to floods and landslides, the DMC said.

Measures are being taken to pay compensations for the damaged properties, the DMC said in its statement.

Meanwhile, Paragoda and Yatagampitiya on the Molkawa-Bulathsinhala road in Kalutara,Wiyaligoda, Mottunna, Wandurawa, Manalagoda, Bandaranayaka, Oruwathota, Ja Ela, Miris watte Pahlagama, Malwana, Minuwangoda–Veyangoda and Wattala roads in Gamapaha district have been blocked by flood water.

The DMC said water levels in the Kelani, Kalu, Gin Ganga, Niwala, Maha Oya and Attanagalu Oya rivers are expected to fall in the next few days. However, minor floods can occur in Putupaula, Kalawellawa (Millakanda), and Dunamale areas.

The DMC has requested that residents in N’ Street, Ellagawa, Baddegama areas stay alert for any sudden changes in weather conditions. (Colombo/June 08/2021)

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