Heavy rain forecast for next few days

By Harischandra Gunaratna

Thunder showers are likely to continue during the next few days in many parts of the country and floods could be expected if rainfall exceeds 150 ml. Seven deaths had already been reported due to floods during the last one week, the Disaster Management Centre said yesterday.

A Met department officer said that heavy rains, accompanied by thunder and lightning could be expected in the Northern, North-Central and Eastern Provinces.

Heavy thundershowers could be expected in other parts of the country as well, especially in the night, in the next 24 hours, he said.

The highest rainfall recorded upto 8.30 a.m. yesterday was in Hinduma (113 ml).

Media Secretary to the DMC Lal Sarath Kumara said that several roads in the Galle and Matara districts were impassable as they were under water, which was receding.

The stretch of road through Bangalahatha on the Nuwara Eliya-Hatton road, which was closed to traffic during the last few days, due to an earthslip, had been reopened on Saturday after clearing the mounds of earth but had to be closed again after a few hours as there were threats of another earthslip, Sarath Kumara said.

"At least 2,000 people were affected in Hambantota and Moneragala Districts due to inclement weather and about 200 houses have been partially damaged," he said.

Of the seven people killed, one died due to an earthslip in Kahawatte, another was killed in Ambalantota after a wall collapsed on him. Two men died after being struck by lightning in Dambulla and Ayagama, while three men were dragged away by flood waters in Galle.

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