Written by Staff Writer
21 Dec, 2014 | 8:17 pm
Day to day life in five districts has been severely hampered by flooding brought on by heavy rains. The Disaster Management Centre says more than 25,000 people have been affected by the inclement weather.
The Navy says that it managed to rescue 180 people stranded by the floods, on Sunday alone.
The heavy rains experienced over the past several days, has severely affected the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Mannar and Trincomalee districts.
The Disaster Management Centre says that more than 14,000 people from these districts are being sheltered at 102 welfare camps.
Meanwhile, the spillgates of eleven of the twelve main reservoirs in the Anuradhapura district, have been opened. The spill gates of 72 of the 83 minor reservoirs have also been opened.
The adjoining areas of the Anuradhapura sacred city was inundated as a result of the spillgates of the Nuwara Wewa being opened.
Our reporter said this has prevented vehicles from entering the sacred city.
Residents of the sacred city who were displaced by the floods are being sheltered at the Mahinda Model Primary School.
About 100 acres of paddy land in the district has been damaged by the floods.While the Anuradhapura prison too is inundated, 320 inmates were transferred to other prisons today.
In house patients at the Anuradhapura Army hospital, which is also flooded, have been transferred to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.
The Open University Campus in Anuradhapura was also inundated, prompting authorities to close the campus.
Several homes in Nochchiyagama, Anuradhapura too, have been inundated.
Our reporter said 25 homes have been inundated in the Ambagahapura area alone.
The Kala Oya has broken its banks as a result of all of the spill gates of the Rajanganaya Reservoir being opened.
80 families who had been stranded as a result of the Old Eluvankulama area being submerged, were rescued by the Navy today.
All 6 of the spill gates of the Nachchaduwa Reservoir have been opened by 7 feet each.
This led to several roads being submerged and also inundated the Walisinghe Harischandra Maha Vidyalaya and Anuradhapura Central College.
Residents of Thimbirikadawala in Anuradhapura, who were stranded by flood waters when the Malwathu Oya broke its banks, were rescued by the Police Lifeguards Unit and the Fire and Rescue Service of the Municipal Council.
The Kalaththewa area too was inundated as a result of the Kalaththewa reservoir’s spill gates being opened.
Polonnaruwa District had received the highest amount of rainfall in the 24 hours that ended at 8:30 a.m. last morning. Rainfall in the district was 209 milometers.
15,077 people from 3902 families in 88 Grama Niladhari Divisions in the district, have been affected by floods.
The District Disaster Management Center said that 5,586 people are being given shelter at 33 welfare centers.
263 families from 4 villages in Hingurakgoda, are being sheltered at the Galamuna Maha Vidyalaya and the Damana Central College.
10 spill gates of the Parakrama Samudraya have been opened by 7 feet each.
Several areas including Somawathiya, Sungavila, Palliya Godaalla, Manampitiya and Medirigiriya were inundated as a result.
Floods in the Gallella area hampered transportation on the Colombo-Batticaloa main road.
The spill gates of the Giritale, Kaudulla and Minneriya reservoirs too have been opened.
200 families from the Galamuna area in Medirigiriya are being sheltered at the Gal Amuna Maha Vidyalaya.
Villagers from the “Track Ata” village are being sheltered at the Viharagama Raja Maha Viharaya in Medirigirya.
People from the villages of Agbopura, Aluthwewa and Senarathpura, have also been directed to the Viharaya as their villages were flooded.
Several homes in the Gamudawa area in Dambulla were inundated yesterday when the Mirisgoniya Oya broke its banks.
Meanwhile a section of the bunt of the Hiriwadunna reservoir in Habarana had broken off, close to the spillway.
About 250 acres of paddy fields have been inundated as a result.
Authorities urge the public to exercise caution when using the Mahaweli river as the spill gates of the Victoria reservoir too have been opened.
A house in Dunhinda, Badulla was destroyed when an earth embankment collapsed onto it. Our reporter said that no one was inside when the incident occurred.
Transportation along the Badulla-Mahiyangana main road was hampered by earth embankments which collapsed in the Thimbirigaspitiya area and near the Dunhinda bend.
Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed that relief work for people in the affected districts be carried out properly and systematically.
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