ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has issued warning of possible floods and landslides after the most parts of the island recorded over 150mm rainfall.
People living in the hill country and near river basins are requested to be vigilant with showers or thundershowers expected in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western and Northern provinces as well as in Galle, Matara and Anuradhapura districts.
General public is advised to take precautionary measures against strong winds and lightning. People living in hilly areas (particularly landslide-prone areas) and low-lying areas in river basins are requested to be vigilant, while drivers using hilly roads are advised to be careful as there could be the risk of fallen trees and power cords.
“There is a low-level atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka. Therefore, cloudy skies will prevail over the island,” the DMC said in a statement.
Heavy showers above 100 mm are expected in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces, while showers above 75 mm may occur at some places in Northern province and in Galle and Matara districts, the DMC said.
Between 0630 hours to 0830 hours on Wednesday, Yakkalamulla in Galle district has recorded 195.0mm rainfall, Boossa in Galle district has recorded 148.5mm rain, Palindanuwara in Kaluthara district has recorded 122.0mm rain while Hiyare in Galle district has recorded 119.0mm rain.
“On the apparent southward relative motion of the sun, it is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka during 28th of August to 07th of September in this year,” DMC said.
The nearest towns where the sun will be overhead tomorrow (01) are Kalpitiya, Dunupotagama (Anuradhapura District), Uttimaduwa, Nikawewa (Polonnaruwa District), Vellai (Trincomalee District) and Verugal (Trincomalee District) about 12.10 noon. (Colombo/Aug31/2022)