Extreme weather lashes;Katugastota, Eheliyagoda,Vadamarachchi among areas affected

Extreme weather lashes;Katugastota, Eheliyagoda,Vadamarachchi among areas affected

Written by Bella Dalima

02 Dec, 2014 | 8:56 pm

Extreme weather conditions experienced over the country overnight and Tuesday morning caused extensive property damage, and in some cases, even loss of life.

Two people were killed on Monday when an earth embankment collapsed in the Loinen Estate Colony in Bogawantalawa, during heavy rain. The victims were a forty-five-year-old woman and her nineteen-year-old daughter.

One hundred and fifty (150) people from thirty families in the area have been evacuated and are being sheltered at the Loinen Estate Tamil College. A rock collapsed on a house in the Wathuwala area in Katugastota, Kandy, at 11:45 Monday night.

An senior citizen residing in the house was rescued by residents. Meanwhile, a section of the Badulla – Mahiyanganaya Road is also at risk of collapsing. Our reporter says part of the access road to the Dunhinda Waterfall has collapsed and that part of the road in front of the Soranathota Pradeshiya Sabha building, has also collapsed.

Our reporter adds that transportation on the Badulla – Mahiyanganaya road has been hampered between the 8th mile post and the Rideepana area, as a result of rock slides and cut failures.

Traffic flow on the Warakapola – Karawanella road was hampered by a fallen tree in the Niyadurupola area. A building at the Niyadurupola Maha Vidyalaya was severely damaged when an earth embankment collapsed onto it. Transportation from the Welipenna interchange on the Southern Expressway, towards Mathugama, came to a standstill on Tuesday morning due to floods.

Our reporter says that severe traffic congestion was reported in the Welipebba town, which was inundated following heavy showers.Several low lying areas in Jaffna have also been inundated by floodwater.

People in Theevaham, Thenmarachchi, Vadamarachchi and other areas, have been displaced by the floods and are being sheltered at temporary camps. Our reporter says 790 families have been affected in the Sandilippai area alone.

Strong winds which blew across Eheliyagoda, have damaged about 30 homes in the Asgula area and the Eheliyagoda National School. Meanwhile, the spill gates of the Kandalama Reservoir have been opened due to the heavy showers.

Our reporter says 16 families in Ihalagama, Udapatha in Bulathkohupitiya, have been informed to evacuate their homes, due to the threat of a rock slide. Several homes in Vajirawaththa, Madurankuliya, have been inundated as a result of the Galraena reservoir overflowing.

Floods have also affected a camp for the displaced in Erukkalpitiya, Nagawilluwa. About 1500 families being sheltered at this camp have been affected.

 

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