Hydro power capacity boosted by rains
Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas has contributed to the increase
in hydro power generation capacity up to 25.6 per cent, the Ceylon
Electricity Board said. It said that 7.6GWh had been generated by hydro
power on Monday.
The Meteorology Department said that Norton had received 186mm
rainfall on Monday, Canyon 183.4mm, Lakshapana 179.9mm, Castlereagh
117..3mm, Kotmale 128.7mm, Maussakele 93.6mm, Maskeliya 84mm and Ukuwela
67.3mm. The maximum rainfall amounting to 233.5mm was reported from
Ginigathhena.. Department Duty Forecaster Meril Mendis said that showers
or thundershowers would deveop at several places in the Western,
Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and Galle, Matara and Kurunegala
districts even today.
He also said that rough South Westerly winds could also be expected
during showers or thundershowers.
He noted that isolated thundershowers would develop in the Eastern
and Uva provinces during the afternoon or evening.
Meanwhile the Disaster Management Centre Deputy Director of Media
Sarath Lal Kumara said that two sluice gates in Lakshapana, one in
Canyon and one in Norton had been opened following heavy rains.
He also said that Hatton - Nuwara-Eliya road which was blocked due to
an earth slip near Kudaoya was cleared by yesterday morning.
The National Building Research Organization has issued a landslide
warning in several areas in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Kegalle districts.