Gusty winds, strong waves around coastal lines | Daily News

Gusty winds, strong waves around coastal lines

Two reported dead due to rough seas
Waves hit into Matara-Colombo road
Met Dept warns of more showers
Strong waves hit the main Galle road along some areas in Galle and Hikkaduwa due to the monsoon rains in the country.  Pictures by Raveendra Liyanage.
Strong waves hit the main Galle road along some areas in Galle and Hikkaduwa due to the monsoon rains in the country. Pictures by Raveendra Liyanage.

A university student has gone missing and another woman reported dead after they were drifted away by the sea waves at Galle and Uswetakeiyawa respectively on Saturday.

The 22-year-old student of the Ruhunu University had visited the Thalalla, Seethagalla beach for a sea bath with his friends during which three of them had drifted away by the waves. Two of the students had been rescued and hospitalized and one is missing.

Search operations are underway to locate the missing student.

A woman who had visited the Pamunugama beach at Uswetakeiyawa also drowned and was reported dead after she was drifted away by the waves on the same day.

She is a resident of Kadawatha. Police are investigating Meanwhile, minor damages to the properties and the road were reported following the sea waves crashing into the land area at Galle, Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa areas on Saturday.

According to the Meteorology Department, this is a situation which occurs every year and there is no risk of a Tsunami.

The caved in Galle road at Kahawa.Pic by Anuradha Priyadharshana

Nearly one-foot high waves had flooded into the land from these areas causing obstructions to the vehicular traffic along the Colombo - Matara main road.

The Meteorology Department advised the Naval and fishing communities not to engage in their activities in the sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Hambantota via Galle within the next 24 hours as strong winds and rough seas can be experienced in these areas.

Strong winds are expected at times in the western and southern sea areas for the next few days due to the active Southwest Monsoon condition.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle.

The sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota will be very rough. The sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Colombo will be rough.

There is a possibility that near-shore sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo and Galle, may experience surges due to swell waves, the department further said.

The prevailing windy condition in the land area is expected to enhance further in the western and southern sea areas and in the southern half of the country today (4) due to the active Southwest Monsoon condition.

Fairly heavy showers above 50 mm may occur at some places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts while showers will occur at times Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts.

Showers or thundershowers may occur at several places in Uva and Eastern provinces and in Hambantota district during the afternoon or night.

Strong winds of about 50-60 kmph can be expected at times in the western slopes of the Central hills, Western, Southern and North-Western provinces.

 

 


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