Beware of waterborne diseases, Colombo residents warned

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Residents of Colombo and other rain hit areas have been warned to adopt precautionary measures against the spread waterborne diseases.

Chief Medical Officer of the Colombo Municipal Council Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam, requested the public to keep away from flooded areas.

Since there was a large rat population in the city, people could contract leptospirosis or rat fever, he said.

"During floods, the mainline water system could be contaminated with unclean water and people are advised to drink only boiled water," he said.

Dr. Kariyawasam advised people not to eat raw vegetables and to consult doctors without delay if there were symptoms of diarrhoea.

The Meteorology Department said that the showers would continue until the end of next month as the inter-monsoon season prevailed.

Meteorologist–in–Charge D. A. Jayasingharachchi said that thundershowers would develop at several places of the country during the afternoon or evening today too.

"It will spread to Western and Northwestern coastal areas later," he said, adding that showers could be expected in the Eastern, Southern and Northern provinces in the morning too.

Jayasingharachchi said that there might be temporary localised fairly strong winds during thundershowers.

The meteorologist also warned of lightning strikes and the public was requested to take adequate precautions to minimise the damages caused by lightning.

He said that showers and thundershowers would also occur at times in the Western and Southern sea areas.

However, the sea area around the country would not be rough, Jayasingharachchi said.

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