DMC says floods are receding

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Flood waters have started receding in Colombo, Matara, Galle, Ratnapura and Kegalle districts as all major rivers Kelani, Gin, Nilwala, Kalu, Ma-Oya and Mahaweli are flowing at normal level, says to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

The Centre said that the "Red Alert" landslide warning issued by the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) was still valid for Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura and Nuwara Eliya. Therefore people in those districts were urged to be on alert for possible landslides and to immediately evacuate if they see any landslide signs.

DMC stated that the deaths resulted by bad weather had reached 16 with another person reported missing. Over 138,292 people (35,129 families) have been affected and about 13,199 families were still displaced due to landslide risks and flood and evacuated to 231 safe locations.

The Hatton-Colombo Main road has been temporarily closed off due to a landslide and only a single lane was open for traffic, due to landslips and mounds of earth falling on the road in the Diyagala area, Ginigathhena.

Twenty spill gates of the Thabbowa Reservoir in Puttalam have been opened this morning (25) due to heavy rainfall. Accordingly the sluice gates of the Thabbowa Reservoir are currently releasing 5,750 cubic feet of water per minute to the Mee Oya.

Meanwhile the Meteorology Department predicted that the prevailing rains in the south-western part of the country would be continued together with fairly strong gusty winds about 50kmph.

Heavy falls about 100-150mm would be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central and North-Western provinces and in Galle, Matara, Jaffna and Mannar districts. There might be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. Public is requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity, Met Department’s Weather Forecast stated.

During the last 18-24 hours rainfall observed in main stations ended at yesterday morning hours of May 25 showed reduction of rainfall in south-western areas however some areas have received heavy rainfalls; in Moragaswewa (Deduru-Oya)-151mm, Gampaha-138.5mm, Kuliyapitiya 120.5mm, Anamaduwa-117.8mm, Thabbowa-104.2mm, Colombo-55.8mm. The highest rainfall recorded was around 169mm in Hindawa in Ratnapura District.

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