Over 80,000 displaced, DMC says (Photos)

Over 80,000 displaced, DMC says (Photos)

Over 80,000 displaced, DMC says (Photos)

Written by Staff Writer

25 Dec, 2014 | 2:35 pm

The Disaster Management Centre says that over 80,000 persons have been displaced as a result of the inclement weather.

Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Center Pradeep Kodippili, speaking to News 1st, said that over 647,000 have been affected by the bad weather.

He went on to say that the northern, eastern, north central, central and northwestern provinces as well as the Kegalle, Badulla and Hambantota Districts have been severely affected by the torrential downpours.

One casualty was reported when an earth embankment collapsed on to a house at around 5:50 a.m. Thursday in Dehigama, Muruthalawa located in Peradeniya. Three others have been injured in the incident and the deceased has been identified as father of 2, Sunil Shantha, 44, who met with the untimely death while at the residence of a relative.

Our correspondent said that the wife, son and five-month old nephew of the victim were injured and admitted to the Kandy General Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, 16 Spill Gates of the Rajanganaya Reservoir in Anuradhapura have been opened by 8 feet each as a result of the heavy rains. Our correspondent in the area said that both spill gates of the Angamuwa Reservoir have been opened by 4 feet each while all six spill gates Nachchaduwa Tank have also been opened.

Meanwhile the Tisa Wewa and Nuwara-Wewa tanks in Anurahdapura continue to overflow. The Anuradhapura sacred grounds continue to remain flooded. The Gallella area in Polonnaruwa located on the Colombo – Batticaloa main road remains flooded. Our correspondent said that transportation along this road has come to a complete standstill.

Meanwhile, the 16 Spill gates of the Hurulu-Wewa Tank in Galenbindunuwewa, Anuradhapura remain opened and the water is being released to the Yan Oya. Our correspondent added that the area continues to receive a heavy rainfall since Wednesday night.

The Panditha-Rambewa village which comes under the purview of the Thirappane Divisional Secretariat in Anuradhapura was completely submerged as result of the water flowing from the Ritigala Mountain after the Panditha-Tambewa Tank began to overflow.

Our correspondent added that 35 families from the village have been provided temporary shelter at the Sri Sudarshanarama Temple in Panditha-Rambewa. Two spill gates of the Upper Kotmale Reservoir too have been opened. Our correspondent added that the water levels at the Castlereagh Reservoir are almost at spill level.

The Met Department has issued a severe weather warning citing that under the influence of the atmospheric disturbance, cloudy skies with showers or thundershowers will occur over most parts of the island particularly in the north central, eastern, central, uva and southern provinces and the sea areas around the island.

The warning added that heavy rain of more than 150 mm are also expected at some areas. It adds that winds will be northeastern and speed will be 60-70 kmph and that the wind can be strengthening up to 80kmph at times.

Many villages in Naula remain innundated after the Aman Ganga began to over flow. District Secretary of Nuwara Eliya D.P.G Kumarasiri says that several roads in the Nuwara Eliya District are at a risk for being washed away by the heavy downpour.

Meanwhile, a train had derailed as a result of rocks falling on to the tracks between Bandarawela and Diyathalawa. The night mail train from Colombo to Badulla had thus derailed. The Railway Control Room announced that operations along the upcountry railway line from Colombo to Nanu Oya have been restricted


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