NBRO extends landslide warnings to several districts | Daily News

NBRO extends landslide warnings to several districts

Over 12,300 persons affected, more showers forecast

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) yesterday extended the landslide early warnings to several identified areas in the Colombo, Galle, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matara, Nuwara-Eliya and Rathnapura Districts until today.

However, the Level 3 warning for Ratnapura, Kalawana, Elapatha, Kuruwita and Eheliyagoda DS Division(s) and surrounding areas in the Ratnapura district has been revised to Level 2 as there was a slight decline in the rainfall yesterday.

Flood warnings issued on Tuesday for people in low-lying areas of Kalu Ganga, Nilwala Ganga, Gin Ganga, Attanagalu Oya and Kelani Ganga continue till today, the Irrigation Department said. The residents in those areas and motorists driving through those areas are requested to pay high attention.

About 12,326 people belonging to nearly 2,672 families in the Colombo, Kalutara, Kandy, Gampaha and Ratnapura Districts had been affected due to heavy rains since last Sunday, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Situation Report stated.

Floods, landslide risk, high wind, heavy rains, and lightning had been reported in those areas.The DMC said 66 houses and 3 business establishments had been partially damaged in those districts. About 11,477 people belonging to 2,448 families in the Gampaha District had been affected due to floods, while another 591 people belonging to 156 families in the Colombo District had been affected due to floods and high wind.

DMC Media Spokesman Pradeep Kodippili said DMC district coordination centres and the Tri-Forces are on alert and ready to provide assistance in any emergency situation.

The highest rainfall on Tuesday was from Warakapola, Kegalle (130.4mm).

The Meteorology Department predicted showers or thundershowers at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts today.

“Fairly heavy showers above 75 mm may occur at some places in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts. Several spells of showers may occur in the Anuradhapura district.Strong winds of about 40 kmph can be expected at times in western slope of the central hills, Northern, North-Central and North-Western provinces and in Trincomalee and Hambantota districts. The public are requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localised strong winds and lightning during thundershowers,” the weather bulletin said.

The Department requested Naval and fishing communities to be vigilant as the sea areas off the coast extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Matara and Hambantota could be vary rough at times.

“The sea areas off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Galle via Kankesanthurai, Puttalam and Colombo will be rough at times.Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers,” it added.


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