Met Dept gives out mixed signals on weather



By Maheesha Mudugamuwa


The Meteorology Department yesterday said that the prevailing countrywide stormy weather would ease today (27), but thunder showers were predicted in most parts of the country after 2.00 pm.


Morning showers could be expected in several places in the Eastern Province, the department said.


According to the met department, localised strong winds can be expected during thunder showers. The Met Department warns the public to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by lightning.


During the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am yesterday, the maximum rainfall of 186.9mm was reported from Wakaneri in Batticaloa.


Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that the sluice gates of a number of reservoirs had been opened due to the rainy weather conditions.


Six sluice gates of the Weheragala reservoir in Moneragala were opened by six feet each. Two sluice gates of the Rajanganaya Reservoir were opened by one foot each due to the incessant rains in Anuradhapura. Water was being released from the reservoir at a rate of 600 cubic feet per second into the Kala Oya. The Puttalam –old Mannar Road was inundated due to a breach on the Kala Oya bank.


Meanwhile, over 100 people in Sammalai have been affected by the overflowing of the Maskeliya Reservoir. The evacuees are currently being sheltered in secure locations. Heavy showers have also caused a significant rise in the water level of Castlereigh Reservoir in Hatton.


According to the DMC, around 50,000 families were affected by inclement weather in nine districts including Matara, Kegalle, Galle, Colombo, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya. Over 600 people were relocated to safe places due to adverse weather conditions.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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