Rains, floods maroon 48,300 | Daily News

Rains, floods maroon 48,300

Four deaths reported
More rains, winds expected today

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) yesterday said that four persons had died and 48,300 persons belonging to 12,137 families have been affected due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions.

People in Kegalle, Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Kurunegala, Galle and Matara Districts have been affected to varying degrees, the DMC also said. The DMC however said the dangers posed by heavy rains, floods and strong winds were now receding.

Compensation to affected families will be paid through the District Secretariats according to assessment reports of the damage caused.

The DMC stated that 549 houses were damaged due to the extreme weather and three houses were completely damaged and another 546 houses were partially damaged. The Kelani, Kalu, Gin, Nilwala, Maha Oya and Attanagalu Oya rivers are still overflowing, the DMC noted.

The highest number of flood affected persons is reported from Peliyagoda, Kelaniya, Kohilawatta and Biyagama in the Western Province.

The Seevaliwatta village in Hanwella has been flooded since 7.00 p.m. Saturday night and over 100 families have been given accommodation at the Mayadunna Maha Vidyalaya in Hanwella in conformity with health guidelines.

Several areas including Neluwa and Thawalama in the Galle District have been inundated due to the overflowing of the Gin River, the DMC also said.

The Baddegama-Udugama road, the Baddegama - Dodangoda road and the Baddegama-Hikkaduwa old road have also been flooded due to heavy rains in the Galle district.

A 54-year-old man from the Thalakiriyagama area who went fishing in the Malawa Oya in the Meewalapathaha area in Galewela has drowned.

Meanwhile, on the instructions of Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sudharshana Pathirana, several Air Force aircraft have been deployed to monitor the floods in the Western and Southern Provinces. Two A60 and Y12 aircraft have been deployed. In addition, a Beechcraft aircraft is being prepared to monitor the floods, the Air Force said.

Two Bell 212 helicopters have been deployed at Ratmalana and Hingurakgoda Air Force bases while a Mi-17 helicopter has been deployed at the Anuradhapura Air Force Base to evacuate flood victims.

Typhoon Takutae, which formed along the Southeastern Arabian Sea, is expected to develop into a hurricane and move north-westerly across the Gujarat coast of the Indian Ocean tomorrow (18). Thereafter, the Meteorological Department hopes this will gradually recede, reducing its impact on the weather in Sri Lanka.

Winds will increase at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kankesanthurai to Puttalam via Mannar and up to 60 Kmph at times and up to 50 Kmph in the sea areas off the coast extending from Hambantota via Colombo and Galle. In the Southeast and the East - the sea is very rough in the coastal areas along the Central Arabian Sea and strong winds can increase up to 50-70 and 80-100 Km/h.

The Meteorological Department requests the public to refrain from engaging in fishing and naval activities in these sea areas and in the sea areas from Kankesanthurai to Puttalam via Mannar and from Puttalam to Hambantota via Galle.

Showers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Northwestern provinces today (17). Showers or thundershowers will occur during the evening or night in various places in the Central, Uva, Eastern and North Central provinces. Showers or thundershowers will occur in the Northern Province.

The Department updated its bulletin with details on the floods in the Milkanda area of the Kalu river, Beddegama area of the Gin river, Panadugama area of the Nilwala river and the Dunamale area of the Attanagalu Oya last evening.