Over 250,000 displaced as threat of floods spill over to several areas

Over 250,000 displaced as threat of floods spill over to several areas

Written by Staff Writer

22 Dec, 2014 | 1:44 pm

The Disaster Management Centre says that 292,000 people have been displaced due to extreme weather conditions.

Speaking to News 1st the Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre, Pradeep Kodippili stated that more than 28,000 people are living in relief camps.

Meanwhile, the water level of 73 tanks have seen a drastic increase while 53 main reservoirs are at spill level.

Twenty spillgates of the Rajanganaya Reservoir have been opened in Anuradhapura. Our Correspondent notes that 18 of these spill gates have been opened by eight feet while the remaining spill gates have been opened by four feet each. Two spill gates of the Angamuwa Reservoir has been opened by four feet each.

Polonnaruwa, Diyasenapura and Medirigiriya have been inundated owing to heavy rains experienced in the area. Our correspondent stated that 6915 families have sought refuge in 35 camps in the Polonnaruwa district. Spillgates of Parakrama Samudhraya, Kawudulla, Minneriya and Giritale reservoirs have been opened.

Furthermore, several areas located along the Polonnaruwa – Batticaloa Main Road which has been inundated caused disruption in vehicular movement while a number of low lying lands have been flooded.

Meanwhile, Puttalam Divisional Secretariat  have been inundated due to heavy rains.

One hundred and fifty (150) families from the Saliwayaweva farming community have been affected due to the Kala-Oya overflowing. Our correspondent stated that those affected have been relocated to two relief camps.

Meanwhile, the spillgates of the Thabbowa Tank in Puttalam remain open since Saturday. Our correspondent stated the spillgates of the reservoir has been opened by three feet each.

Meanwhile, forty families from the the No 01 village in Thabbowa have been evacuated to the Thabbowa Roman Catholic School.

In more weather news, Railway services along the Batticaloa railway line have been disrupted as a result of the flood situation and Railway Control Room said that accordingly the train that commenced its journey at 6.10 am will come to a halt in Gal-Oya.

In the meantime, railway services along the Northern rail-route will function as normal. Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology states that an atmospheric disturbance prevails over Sri Lanka and hence there is a possibility of heavy showers being experienced today, Monday, December 22

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Northern, North-central, Eastern, Uva and Central Provinces and in the Hambantota district.

Showers or thunder showers will occur elsewhere particularly during the evening and night.

Heavy showers of about 100mm are also likely in some places.


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