Over 2,000 persons lose homes; DMC says number may increase as landslide threats hover

Over 2,000 persons lose homes; DMC says number may increase as landslide threats hover

Over 2,000 persons lose homes; DMC says number may increase as landslide threats hover

Written by Staff Writer

02 Nov, 2014 | 9:42 pm

More than 2,300 people in several parts of the country have been evacuated from their homes due to the threat of landslides.

Pradeep Kodippili, the Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre, notes that this figure could change further.

About 260 families were evacuated in Bandarawela, Kandy, Bulathkohupitiya and Bandaragama, due to the threat of landslides. One hundred and eighty people from 50 families in Bandarawela have been given shelter at the Malwaththa Tamil College, due to the risk of landslides.

Cracks were seen on many of the walls of houses in the area.Our reporter says the people were evacuated to the camp for the displaced on the instructions of the Grama Niladhari.

Our reporter says that about 200 families in Pathanawaththa, Nagasthenna in Kandy, have left their homes. They say they have left their homes as they are no longer safe due to the threat of landslides.

Residents say they have been given land in the Galaha area in Kandy due to the risk of landslides.

Eight families in the Ihalagama area in Thunbahe, Bulathkohupitiya, have been evacuated due to the risk of landslides. They are being temporarily sheltered at the Kendewa Junior College.

Four families in Boosikawaththa, Atalugama in Bandaragama, have been temporarily evacuated from their homes due to the threat of landslides.

Part of an earth embankment in the area collapsed prompting area residents to inform the police via the emergency hotline. The police and officials from the Disaster Management Centre, the Bandaragama Divisional Secretariat and the National Building Research Organisation, inspected the area and decided to evacuate four families deemed to be living in high-risk homes.

Meanwhile, roads in several parts of the country were inundated today as well due to the prevailing rainy weather conditions.

The Kalubulu Oya broke its banks, submerging the Hettipola – Narammala road for the fourth time in two months. Vehicular movement on the road was hampered as a result.

Heavy rains also caused the Gampaha – Ja Ela and Gampaha – Kandana roads to be inundated on Sunday. Our reporter says several roads in the Kirindiwita and Makilangamuwa area were inundated after the Attanagalu Oya broke its banks.

The Met Department meanwhile, is forecasting that rainy weather conditions will continue. The Met Department is forecasting showers in most parts of the country on Sunday night tonight and Monday morning.

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