ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology Sunday (11) afternoon warned of strong gusty winds of up 70 kilometres per hour in several parts of the island from 2pm Sunday to 2pm the next day.
Seafaring communities advised against venturing out to see during this period, with the Sri Lanka Navy advised to be on alert.
“Wind speeds can increase up to 60-70kmph in the deep and shallow sea areas extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Colombo and Hambantota,” the Met Department said.
“Sea areas extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Colombo and Hambantota will be rough at times. Other sea areas around the island can be fairly rough at times,” it said.
Red warnings have also been issued for Matara, Galle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle, Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy and Matale districts on increased wind speeds up to 70kmph.
“Very strong gusty winds up to 60-70 kilo meters per hour are likely at times over western slope of the central hills and in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts,” Met Department said.
According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), accidents due to increased rainfall and strong winds have affected 12,200 people from 3,010 families.
The DMC said 280 people belongs 63 families have been evacuated to relief camps.
So far one person has died as a result of bad weather, the department said.
Rainfall exceeding 75 millimeters can be expected in the Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts, the DMC said.
As a result of heavy rainfall over the past few days, DMC said dam gates of the Lakshapana reservoir, Norton reservoir, Kukule river and Maussa kale river have been opened to control the water level. (Colombo/July 11/2021)