Temporary respite from heavy rains today; landslide warnings issued
ECONOMYNEXT – Though prevailing showery and windy conditions in Sri Lanka are expected to temporarily reduce in intensity today, showers and thundershowers can still be expected in several parts of the island, the Department of Meteorology said.
Issuing a statement this morning, the Met Department said the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Northwest provinces can expect showers or thundershowers during the day.
Wind speeds can increase up to 50 kilometers per hour across the island in the Northern, North Central and Northwestern provinces as well as in the Trincomalee, Hambantota, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Rathnapura districts.
Showers or thundershowers may occur in sea areas extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle and in the deep seas to the east of the island.
The Met Department said winds will be westerly to south westerly in sea areas and wind speeds can increased from 25 kilometers per hours to 60 kilometers per hour in the sea area off the coast extending from Mannar to Trincomalee via Kankesanturai and from Matara to Pottuvil.
“The sea areas extending from Mannar to Trincomalee via Kankesanturai and from Matara to Pottuvil will be rough at times,” it added.
Wind speeds can also increase up to 40 kilometers per hour in other sea areas.
The Met department said swell waves 2.5 – 3.5 meters in height may be experienced in the near shore areas off the coast extending from Beruwala to Hambantota via Galle.
Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has issued possible landslide warnings for the Colombo, Galle, Kalutara, Kegalle and Rathnapura districts.
The NBRO said Palindanuwara, Kalutara and Eheliyagoda, Rathnapura areas have experienced rainfall exceeding 100mm. It warned that landslides, slope failures, rock falls, cut failures and ground subsidence may occur and asked residencies to be ready to evacuate if the need arises.
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said there are no possible threats for the next two days. However, the DMC has taken measures to counter any situation that may arise in the rainy season.
“As per the Met Department reports we are safe for the next two days and we are not expecting any situation,” DMC Director General (retired) Sudantha Ranasinghe told EconomyNext.
“We have taken all necessary measures and we have issued warnings to areas where there is a possible risk of landslides or any other threats,” he added.
Ranasinghe further said DMC units in every district are on alert 24/7 and are ready to counter any situation in the country. (Colombo/Sep07/2020)