Bad weather snuffs out three lives



By Dasun Edirisinghe


The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) yesterday said that three persons had died due to lightning, drowning and falling trees during torrential rains that lashed the country during last few days.


DMC spokesman Sarath Lal Kumara said that one in the Hambantota District had drowned; another one in Mannar District died after being struck by lightning and a person in the Kurunegala District had been killed by a falling tree.


He said that so far 1,063 people in Vavuniya, Mannar, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle, Hambantota and Kurunegala districts had been affected due to rains, while 115 houses were damaged.


Kumara said that 41 people in the Vavuniya District had been removed to Settikulam Community Centre as their houses were damaged.


Meanwhile, Meteorology Department predicted more rains in all areas of the country during next few days.


Duty Meteorologist, Jeevan Karunaratne, said that the atmospheric disturbances had intensified into a low pressure area located to the West of Sri Lanka. Due to the active cloudiness associated with the system, sudden increase of wind speed (70-80 kmph) over the country and surrounding sea areas was possible.


"Showers or thundershowers will occur over most parts of the island and sea areas," he said, adding that very heavy falls (about 150 mm) were also likely at some places.


Karunaratne said that there was a high possibility of sudden roughness of the sea areas.


Generally, winds will be Southwesterly or variable and the speed would be 20-40 kmph, he said.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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