ECONOMYNEXT- The Department of Meteorology has issued an advisory for severe lightning with thunderstorms at several places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Colombo, Gampaha, Moneragala, Hambantota and Matara districts.
Heavy showers above 100 mm are likely at some places. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.
The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
The Department has advised that people should seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees, avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.
Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms. Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats and beware of fallen trees and power lines the Met Department advised (Colombo/Jan4/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe