Gale force winds across five districts damage hundreds of homes

Gale force winds across five districts damage hundreds of homes

Written by Staff Writer

13 Jul, 2014 | 9:58 pm

Gale force winds that have disrupted day-to-day life have affected five districts so far. More than 800 houses have been damaged by these winds in the Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Ratnapura, Monaragala and Matale districts.

Eighty schools are to be closed in the Haldamulla and Welimada education zones on Monday. A 56-year-old resident of the Medagaswewa area in Welimada was also killed.

The Disaster Management Centre has commenced relief work for those affected.

Vice-chancellor of the Sabaragamuwa University Prof. Chandana Sri Udawatte said that due to the strong winds experienced in the area, the university will be closed until July 21 with effect from Sunday.

Student hostels were also damaged by the winds.

The vice=chancellor further noted that it is examination time at the university and due to the interruption of the electricity supply and the disaster situation in the area, the students are not in a proper state of mind to face their exams.

Meanwhile, 25 houses were damaged in the Halpe area in Pambahinna, Balangoda, due to strong winds.

According to our correspondent, those affected are now housed at Halpe Vidyalaya and Veheragoda Vidyalaya.

District secretary of Ratnapura Sunil Kannangara said that 37 houses were damaged in the Halpe area of the Imbulpe divisional secretariat.

He added that several army personnel have been called in to remove uprooted trees in the area.

Meanwhile, strong winds continued over three days in the Bibila area.

Our correspondent noted that trees had fallen on two houses Saturday night.

Divisional secretary of Bibila Prageeth Kulathilake inspected the area.

Four houses and a shop were damaged by the strong winds that persisted over the Reedimaliyadde area Saturday night.

E.M.L. Udaya Kumara, deputy director of the Disaster Management Centre of the Badulla district, said that relief work is being carried out with the support of the Army.

A house was damaged when a mango tree uprooted by the strong winds that swept across the Pahalawewa area in Dambulla Saturday afternoon, fell on the house.

Several houses in the Humbasgamuwa area in Wewala Damubulla were also damaged due to the winds.

Due to the winds that swept across the Sanya estate in the Kandegedara area in Haliela several estate houses were damaged.

Our correspondent noted that seven families were affected.

District Secretary of Nuwara Eliya D.P.G. Kumarasiri said that renovation work on the houses is already underway.

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