Reduced influence from ‘Amphan’ | Daily News


Reduced influence from ‘Amphan’

The Meteorology Department yesterday stated that the influence on the weather of the island by the Cyclonic storm “AMPHAN” is expected to reduce from today (21).

The Cyclonic storm ”AMPHAN” lay centered over North-west Bay of Bengal and neighborhood, May 20, about 1420 km North-east of Trincomalee, the forecast said.

The storm is very likely to move further north-northeast away from the island across the Bangladesh coast.

Showers or thunderstorms will occur at several places in Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western Provinces, the Department said. “Fairly heavy showers of about 75 mm can be expected particularly in Nuwara-Eliya, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle and Matara districts. Wind speed can increase up to 40 Kmph at times over the island.”

The Department requested the public to take adequate precautions to minimize damage caused by lightning during thundershowers.

On Marine weather, the Department said that showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle.

“Winds will be South-westerly in the sea area around the island. Wind speed will be (40-50) Kmph. Wind speed can increase up to 60 kmph at times in certain sea areas. The sea areas around the island can be fairly rough. The sea areas extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Kankesanthurai and Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota will be rough at times. Temporarily strong gusty winds (up to 70-80 Kmph) and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers. Naval and fishing communities are requested to be vigilant in this regard,” the forecast said.

Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) extended its landslide early warning for several districts including Galle, Matale, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Matara, Colombo, Kegalle, Kurunegala, Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya. The NBRO advised the public in these areas that if the rain continues, to be watchful on the possibility of landslides, slope failures, rock falls, cutting failures and ground subsidence.
According to the River Water Level and Flood Warning reports, Maligakanda area of Kalu River reported a rise in the water level whereas in the Ratnapura area the water level is falling. The Panadugama area of Nilwala river too reports a reduction in water level.

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