Torrential rains predicted over vast area

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The rainy weather would persist in the coming days due to the southwest monsoon, the Meteorology Department said yesterday (03). 

The entire country could expect showers or thunderstorms today, while the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern Provinces could experience torrential rains, the Met Department said.   It cautioned the public to beware of sudden downpours, lightning, strong winds, mudslides, surging rivers and flooding in low-lying areas.

Heavy showers were reported around the country during the last few days due to the impact of the monsoons. Many roads became impassable in Colombo, Galle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Batticaloa, Puttalam, Hambantota, Kandy, Badulla, Trincomalee etc. 

According to the Met Department the southwest monsoonal strong windy conditions would continue to prevail over the country and neighbourhood. Winds would blow from Southwesterly direction at speeds between 40-50 km ph. The speed might increase up to 60-70km ph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo and Galle.  

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that 413 persons belonging to 102 families had been displaced and five deaths were reported due to prevailing inclement weather.

According to DMC, four houses had been destroyed, while 52 were partially damaged. Forty five families are still sheltered in six camps.

The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has requested the public to be on the alert for possible landslides and falling rocks in several parts of the country, including Kegalle, Ratnapura, Galle, Kalutara and Matara districts.

According to NBRO, if the stormy weather continues to prevail, risk areas could experience land subsidence and cut slope failures.

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