Rising waters in reservoirs pose greater threat; Anuradhapura worst-hit (WATCH REPORT)

Rising waters in reservoirs pose greater threat; Anuradhapura worst-hit (WATCH REPORT)

Written by Staff Writer

24 Dec, 2014 | 9:09 pm

Fifty three (53) main reservoirs are overflowing while the water levels of 73 main reservoirs are rising rapidly as heavy showers continue to lash the country.

According to the Disaster Management Centre, 574,727 people have been affected by the extreme weather.

Three lives have been lost and several injuries have been reported. Three hundred and forty one (341) people displaced by floods in Anuradhapura are still confined to a temporary shelter at the Mahinda Model Primary School. The surrounding area of the Malwathu Oya in Anuradhapura are still underwater.

A large swathe of the Anuradhapura Sacred Grounds has been submerged. The Mahaweli river broke its banks, inundating the Colombo-Batticaloa road in Gallella, Polonnaruwa.

According to our reporter on location, two spill gates of the Parakrama Samudraya, have been opened by a foot each.

The left bank of the spillway of the Kawudulla Reservoir has become dangerously unstable, prompting irrigation department officials to take steps to repair the wall. 14,257 people in the Polonnaruwa District have been affected by the deluge.

The DMC says 39 camps have been set up to shelter the displaced. All ten spill gates of the Kantale Reservoir have been opened completely, as the reservoir continues to unleash a barrage of water.

Our reporter at the scene says the persisting downpours have severely affected people in Kantale, Van-Ela, Potankaduwa, Raja-Ela, Agbopura and Peramaduwa.

Meanwhile, the Mahaweli Protective Dyke built to protect the village of Sooriyapura, was also rendered structurally unsound, prompting urgent repairs. Residents claim that there is still a risk of the dyke giving way.

Shops and houses in Sigiriya were inundated as the Mahawewa began to overflow.

About 15 homes were submerged in Meegashandiya, Galgamuwa, when the Palukaduwa tank began to overflow while the Meegasthenna-Konwewa road flooded completely

Meanwhile, our correspondent in Badulla says that a cave in occurred on the Badulla-Bandarawela road, opposite the Pinarawa Co-operative store.

A house on the Badulla-Thaldena road, is at risk, after a cut failure above the 7th mile post. Part of the Sri Veluvanarama Viharaya in Morethota, Welimada in Badulla, has also been affected by a landslide.

A temporary bridge constructed to provide access from the Hali Ela town to the Hali Ela railway station was washed away by the roaring currents of the Badulu Oya today. The temporary bridge was constructed after the main bridge was also washed away by the currents of the Badulu Oya.

Twenty (20) spillgates of the Rajanganaya reservoir have been opened while 2 spillgates of the Angamuwa reservoir in Anuradhpura have also been opened.

The DMC says a total of 77,331 at risk people in several districts, have been evacuated.


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