Dark clouds hover over families as rains lash Bandarawela and Vavuniya districts

Dark clouds hover over families as rains lash Bandarawela and Vavuniya districts

Written by Staff Writer

30 Apr, 2014 | 9:15 pm

Nearly fifty seven families from Chettikulam in the Vavuniya District have been displaced due to the adverse weather. According to the Disaster Management Centre, a landslisde warning that was issued for a period of 24 hours for several districts will end at 10 on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the highest rainfall for a period of 24 hours that ended at 08.30 Wednesday morning was recorded from Bandarawela.

The landslide warning was issued to the Kandy and Matale Districts, the Rattota Divisional Secretariat area and Bandarawela. Gale force winds that swept through Chettikulam at around 6.30 on Tuesday evening inflicted damages to a number houses in the area.

The rains accompanied by strong winds had lasted for around 2 hours. The District Disaster Management Centre said that 173 persons were displaced as a result of the adverse weather.

The Disaster Management Centre also stated that the displaced have been sheltered at a three temporary shelters. Our correspondent in the area said that measures were taken to provide cooked meals for the displaced.

Meanwhile, farmlands were also destroyed by the heavy downpour. The Vavuniya district however received a lesser rainfall on Wednesday. The Mawanella town was also submerged as a result of the heavy downpour experienced on Wednesday.

Our correspondent said that the transportation in the area came to a standstill. The Dolakanda Tank in Dehiattakandiya overflowed as a result of the heavy rains in the Polonnaruwa District on Tuesday.

Our area correspondent said that the Dolakanda Village was inundated owing to the heavy showers.

Meanwhile , gale force winds that swept through the Dalukana, Bogaswewa and Bimpokuna villages in the Dimbulagala Divisional Secretariat in Polonnaruwa on Tuesday evening, damaged eighteen houses.

One house in the Dalukana Village, 5 houses in the Bogaswewa Village and twelve houses from the Bimpokuna Village were thus damaged. Our correspondent in the area said that the electricity supply to the Bimpokuna village was disrupted due to the adverse weather.

Furthermore, tem houses in the Senarathgama Village , in Medirigiriya , Polonnaruwa were damaged by gale force winds. The financial capital of the country, Colombo received a rainfall of 68.08 mm during the 24 hour period that ended at 08.30 this morning.

Several low-lying areas in Colombo were submerged as a result for the heavy-downpour while the Bokundara Junction on the 120 bus route was also inundated.

The Ceylon Electricity Board said that despite many areas receiving heavy rains, the water levels at a number of hydro power reservoirs had dropped to 23 percent. Chairman of the CEB D.B. Ganegala said hydro power stations in the country generate 14 percent of electricity to the national grid.

Water levels at reservoirs had dropped significantly as sufficient rainfall had not been received since October 2013.

The Department of Meteorology meanwhile said that during the 24 hour period that ended at 08.30 a.m. today, Bandarawela recorded a rainfall of 112.7mm while Katugastota received a rainfall of 90.7mm.Puttalam recorded a rainfall of 86.2 mm/ while Ratmalana received a rainfall of 79.8 mm.







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