Badulla landslides death toll rises to six

Badulla landslides death toll rises to six

Badulla landslides death toll rises to six

Written by Staff Writer

26 Dec, 2014 | 2:46 pm

The number of deaths owing to earth embankments and landslides due to the inclement weather in the Badulla district has risen to six.

The Disaster Management Centre stated that all sluice gates in the main reservoirs in the country have been opened.

The Department of Irrigation says that water levels in several reservoirs continue to rise due to the prevalent inclement weather. Director at the Hydrology Division at the Irrigation Department, Prema Hettiarachchi said that the water capacity in the Kelani River and Nilwala River is rising.

Meanwhile, Colombo Zonal Irrigation Director, P. K. Padmakeerthi stated that the Naagalagam-veediya water scale reading at the Kelani River has increased to 3.2 feet. He stated that this may result in minor floods in the area. Padmakeerthi speaking further, warned residents living in the low-lying areas in the vicinity of the Kelani River to exercise precaution.

Meanwhile, six deaths have been reported from Badulla, due to landslides.

Two deaths from Galkanda following the collapse of an earth embankment, two other deaths from Hegoda while individual deaths were reported from Pahalagama and Siriketha in the Badulla- Mahiyangana main road.

The Police Media Spokesperson’s Office said that, several houses have been damaged following a landslide that occurred in Rilpola, Badulla.

Police said that several persons have been reported missing following the incident and that rescue operations are currently underway to locate the missing.

The Met Department issued a red alert, strongly warning the general public to not set out to sea and stay away from the beaches from Puttalam to Kankesanthurai via Pottuvil.

The low pressure in the area close to the Southeastern coast of Sri Lanka has intensified into a depression.It is expected to move closer to Sri Lanka thus resulting in an increase in heavy rainfalls throughout Friday.

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