Floods hit Eastern and NC provinces

 By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Eastern and North Central Provinces have been hit by floods affecting thousands of acres of paddy and agricultural lands and displacing many people, according to Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

DMC Deputy Director Media Sarath Lal Kumara on Thursday (16) told The Island that the Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa areas were the worst affected.

Many people in Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa had been evacuated and food and other necessities were being provided for them, he said.

Lal Kumara said that spill gates of Parakrama Samudra in Polonnaruwa and Maduru Oya had been opened to lower their water levels.

He said all displaced people in Batticaloa had returned home.

The DMC has requested the people living in low lying areas close to the Mahaweli River to be vigilant as water levels could rise. Six spill gates of the Unnachchi tank in Batticaloa, too, had been opened yesterday, Lal Kumara said.

The DMC requests the public to take adequate precautions to minimise the damage caused by lightning.

Meanwhile. the Met Department yesterday predicted a slight easing of inclement weather in the eastern parts of the country today.  Duty Meteorologist Anusha Warnasooriya told The Island that the Southern and Western provinces would experience thunder showers during night. "Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the Northern, North Central, Eastern and Uva provinces and in the Hambantota district."

Thundershowers would develop at several places in the Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the afternoon or evening and would spread to the western and southwestern coastal areas later, she said. 

There might be temporary localised strong winds during thundershowers, she added. 


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