NBRO updates landslide warning

The National Building Research Organisation yesterday updated its landslide warning. It asked people living in all mountain areas, manmade cut slopes and roads in seven districts to take precautionary action if the rainfall continued during the next 24 hours starting from 1.00 pm yesterday.

A landslide early warning signed by KPGW Senadheera, Senior Scientists of the Landslide Research and Risk Management Division of the NBRO has asked people in the seven districts prone to landslides to be alert on the possibility of landslides, rock falls and subsidence and cut slope failures.

Locations with the potential risks in the Ratnapura District are Ratnapura, Elapatha, Pelmadulla, Kuruvita, Eheliyagoda, Kiriella, Imbulpe, Ayagama, Kahawatta, Kalawana, Kolonna and Nivitgala divisional secretariat divisions and surrounding areas.

In the Kegalle District, Bulathkohupitiya, Deraniyagala, Yatiyantota and Dehiowita divisional secretariats and surrounding areas have been identified as areas prone for landslides.

Baddegama, Yakkalamulla, Neluwa, Thawalama, Niyagama and Nagoda divisional secretariats and surrounding areas in the Galle District have been declared disaster prone areas in case of rains continue for the next 24 hours.

The NBRO has named Bualthsinhala, Agalawatta, Walallawita and Baduraliya Divisional Secretariat areas in the Kalutara District as locations of potential risk.

In the Matara District Divisional Secretariat Divisions of Kotapola, Pasgoda, Pitabeddara and Mulatiyana have been identified by the NBRO warning as areas prone to landslides.

Walasmulla and Katuwana Divisional Secretariat areas in the Hambantota District and Ambagamuwa Korale Divisional Secretariat areas in the Nuwara-Eliya District have been included in the list of locations at potential risk.

People, living on steep slopes or close to dangerous cut-slopes, have been asked to remain alert to pre-landslide signs such as slanting of trees or posts, development of cracks on the ground or in the buildings or in walls and sudden appearance of muddy water coming out from the ground or springs. They should evacuate such areas immediately.

People, living in vulnerable areas, should be extra-vigilant and be ready to evacuate if heavy rains continue. They should be vigilant if the slopes in vulnerable areas are still in wet condition, the NBRO Landslide Early Warning has said.

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