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DMC, local authorities to assess damage:

Rare hailstorm in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa

Disaster Management Center officials and local authorities in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts are working to assess the extent of damage to property and human life after a rare hailstorm and heavy rains swept away some big trees and houses yesterday.

Disaster Management Center Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili told the Daily News yesterday that they had got reports of the hail event or the raining down of tiny ice-stones in this case, from Nuwaragam-palatha in Auradhapura and another suburb in the same district yesterday and day before. Asked about the severity of the event of hailstorms, Kodippili said he had experienced hails in Saudi Arabia and Iran and they are so dangerous. “The hail that rained down on parts of Anuradhapura was minor. It lasted less than 20 minutes according to reports I have received,” he said.

“However, we have engaged our Disaster Management officials in the North Central Province to work closely with local authorities in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to assess the damage caused to property by the heavy thunderstorms, including the hailstorms,” he said.

 “Steps will be taken to pay compensation for the damages,” he said.

Asked the Meteorology Department of the situation, its duty officer said that the hailstorm situation had drawn their attention.

“Hails are formed especially after a long period of no-rains”, the officer explained, “Hailstones can move through thunderstorms sustained by the winds. As thunderstorms are predicted to occur in the North Central, Central, Eastern, Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces these days, they can lead to potentially damaging conditions, such as high winds, hails and lightning, as these rains are coming after a long time.”

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