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Hundreds displaced by heavy rains

More thundershowers, strong winds forecast :
UPDATE: Hundreds have been displaced following heavy rains that continue to batter most parts of the country, the Disaster Management Centre announced while the Meteorology Department forecast that the inclement weather may continue for a few more days.

The Department forecasts that showers and thunderstorms are likely to be experienced in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central, and North Western Provinces. Warnings have been sounded of wind speeds that may pick up to 40kmph over the North, North-central and Western provinces.

Meanwhile, the Sun will be directly over latitudes of Sri Lanka from August 28 to September 7 this year due to its apparent southward relative motion. The nearest town over which the sun will be overhead is Kakkapalliya, Katupotha, Suruwela, Wilegaama, Maha Oya, Tumpankeni, and Palukamam tomorrow at 12 noon.

The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has issued a Level 2 (Amber) landslide early warning for parts of Galle and Kalutara districts. The warnings state that since rainfall has exceeded 100mm during the last 24 hours, people living in these districts have been cautioned of the possibility of landslides, slope failures, rock falls, ground subsidence.

The NBRO states that residents in the following areas must be ready to evacuate to higher ground should the inclement weather continue. Amber warnings have been sounded for Elpitiya, Nagoda, Baddegama and Palindanuwara while Niyagama in the Galle district, Mathugama, Ingiriya, Agalawatta, Horana, Bulathsinhala in Kalutara are being monitored. Those living in Dehiowita and Yatiyanthota have been asked to be cautious as well as Eheliyagoda in Ratnapura.

The NBRO has warned that should residents see development of cracks, ground subsidence, slanting of trees, cracks on the floors built on slopes, sudden appearance of springs or muddy water should alert the authorities.

Meanwhile, our Agalawatta Correspondent P.M. Pathmasuriya reports that the highest rainfall over the last 24 hours of 344 mm was recorded in Agalawatta, Kalutara.

Colonel Sujith Kulasekara, Acting Officer of the Kalutara District Disaster Management Centre said that the Kalutara district experienced the most thundershowers and strong winds which continued over the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, rainfall recorded from Bulathsinhala measured at 200mm, Palindanuwara recorded 175 mm, Horana 125 mm, Kalutara 60 mm and Walallavita 40 mm.

Most roads were inundated and traffic was disrupted along the Dul Ella on Agalawatta - Kudaligama road, Kosketiya on Pelawatta - Walallawita road, Meegahatenna on Pelawatta - Neluwa road, while the Agalawatta - Udawela road was completely inundated due to floods waters.

The Meteorological Department states that red notices have been issued for landslides in Kalutara, Galle and Kegalle districts by noon yesterday.

Our Northern Province Special Correspondent Rasula Dilhara Gamage reports that 156 persons belonging to 55 families were affected by strong winds and rains in several parts of Vavuniya. Several houses were damaged in the Marakkarampalai Grama Niladhari Division in Vavuniya, seven houses in the Nelukkulam Grama Niladhari Division and 32 houses in the Ganeshapuram area.

Most of the damage to the houses was due to the strong winds. Newly elected MPs and other officials visited the homes of those who were affected and inquired of their basic needs. In an unusual occurrence, several areas in the Mullaitivu district, including Mullivaikkal, Nandikadal and Mallavi, experienced hailstorms during the last two days.


Met. Dept. warning: Rough Sea, Strong Wind-Time: 18:55
The Meteorology Department has issued a warning of strong wind and rough seas to several provinces, which is valid until 9am September 3.
According to the warning issued for the land area, “There is a high possibility to increase the wind speed up to 70-80 kmph associated with thundershowers in the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Galle to Trincomalee via Hambantota and Batticaloa and the sea areas extending from Kankasanturai to Puttalam via Mannar. The mentioned sea areas can be rough or very rough. The other sea areas around the island can be fairly rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to 50-55 kmph at times.”
The Department requests the Naval and fishing communities to be vigilant in this regard.

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