Landslide warning lifted
The landslide warning issued by the National Building Research
Organisation (NBRO) on Tuesday evening, was lifted yesterday with the
improvement in weather conditions.
“We issued a landslide warning for Kegalle, Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya
districts due to the heavy rains in the districts. But with the weather
returning to normal, the warning was lifted,”
NBRO Landslide Studies and Services Division’s Head R M S Bandara
said. NBRO said there are 11 landslide prone areas in Kegalle, Kandy and
Nuwara Eliya districts.
They include Aranayake, Galigamuwa, Dehiowita and Yatiyantota in the
Kegalle district, Udapalatha in the Kandy district and Kotmale,
Ambagamuwa and Nuwara Eliya in the Nuwara Eliya district.
Bandara said landslides could be triggered by heavy rains after
prolonged dry weather, especially, in the hilly areas where forest fires
had been raging recently.
The Irrigation Department, Meteorology Department, Disaster
Management Centre and the NBRO will monitor the situation during the
next 24 hours for possible landslides, the official said.