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Sri Lanka’s NBRO issues level two landslide warning; showers to continue

Matala house hit by landslide – File photo (courtesy DMC)

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s National Building and Research Organisation (NBRO) has issued a level two warning of possible landslides for Galle, Kegalle and Ratnapura disitricts.

“Since rainfall within the past 24 hours has exceeded 100mm, if rain continues, be on alert for possible landslides, slope failures, rock falls, cut failures and ground subsidence,” an NBRO statement said Saturday (10) morning.

Residents have also been asked to be prepared for evacuation if the need arises.

The NBRO has requested residents in the Neluwa Divisional Secretariat Division (DSD) and surrounding areas in Galle district, Dehiowita and Deraniyagala DSDs and surrounding areas in Kegalle district and Dehiowita and DSD and surrounding areas in Ratnapura district to stay on alert.

As per the NBRO statement, residents should look out for the appearance of cracks on the ground, deepened cracks and ground subsidence, slanting of trees, electric posts, fences and telephone posts, sudden appearance of springs, emerging muddy water, blockage or disappearance of existing springs.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology said prevailing showery conditions in the south-western parts of the country (particularly in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts) are expected to continue.

“Heavy falls above 150mm can be expected in parts of the Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle and Matara districts,” the department said.

(Colombo/ July 10/2021)

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