Strong winds damage over 150 houses | Daily News

Strong winds damage over 150 houses

No cause for issue of landslide warnings yet - NBRO, DMC

Thunderstorms and strong winds that swept through most parts of the island yesterday and the day before have damaged hundreds of houses.

Disaster Management Center Spokesman Pradeep Kodippili yesterday said winds packing 50 to 60 kilometres per hour had severely damaged over 150 houses in Vavuniya, Mullathivu and Colombo.

“The gusty winds had partially damaged a number of houses, with the Colombo district recording the highest number of such damaged houses at 112,” he said.

Asked how serious the situation is, in terms of being a risk to property or life, Kodippily said that some parts of the island, including the Ratnapura district received 100 milimetres of rains.

The Meteorology Department weather forecasters said they expect an average rain fall of 75 millimeters in all. He said a rainfall of about 100mm can be expected in the Sabaragamuwa, Central, and Western and North Western Provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts, while a fall above 50mm can be expected in the Eastern and Uva Provinces.

“However,” he said,” there was no cause for alarm for them to issue any landslide warnings. Neither has the National Building Research Organization issued any such warnings.”

Asked if that meant that there were no signs of landslide threats in sight, Kodilppili said, let’s just say that people have been requested to be alert about any such signs that may be taking shape for the time being.

“They must vacate such places should they see any such signs of a mass of earth which could be a danger to to them. Besides, we are doing our best to prevent any possible earth-fall,” he said.

The water level of Kalu Ganga have increased due to the rains, but there is no imminent danger,” he said.

South Westerly winds have however not brought any rains to the drought hit Northern Province. Kodippily said they are supplying drinking water to the North.

Despite the negative impacts of the recent drought, floods, and the Easter Sunday attacks, we are once again moving towards achieving our economic goals. Even though there have been a few setbacks to the tourism industry following the Easter Sunday attacks, there has been no significant impact on the economy. We believe, with the implementation of a decisive policy and security measures, we will be able to bring the situation back to “normal” by the end of this year,” he added.


 

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