Warnings as Bowatenne, Weheragala spill gates open; public asked to stay away from the beach

Warnings as Bowatenne, Weheragala spill gates open; public asked to stay away from the beach

Warnings as Bowatenne, Weheragala spill gates open; public asked to stay away from the beach

Written by Staff Writer

26 Dec, 2014 | 9:05 am

Duty Irrigation Engineer of the Bowatanne Reservoir, H.M.L.R Herath says that six spill gates of the Bowatenne Reservoir have been opened and people living in the vicinity of the Amban River are advised to exercise caution and vacate the area.

Meanwhile, Director of the Water Management Unit at the Department of Irrigation, Janaki Meegasthenne speaking to News 1st said that the water capacity in the Menik Ganga continues to rise with the opening of the spill gates at the Weheragala Reservoir.

She noted that this situation poses a threat of floods to the area. Devotees planning to visit Kataragama are warned to be vigilant when travelling to the area.

Meanwhile, small vehicles proceeding to Kataragama from the Welipenna exit point at the Southern Expressway have suffered inconvenience with the inundated state of the roads due to flooding.

Earlier today, the Disaster Management Centre said, that over 80,500 persons have been displaced due to inclement weather while over 65,000 others have been severely affected due to the condition.

Transportation in many roads in the hill-country region has been hampered as a result of earth slips ,landslides and rock-slides.

District Secretary of Nuwara Eliya D. P. G. Kumarasiri said that all access roads to the Nuwara Eliya town have been blocked due to earth slips caused by the inclement weather.

Director of the Landslide Research and Risk Management Division at the National Building Research Organisation, R. M. S. Bandara said people living in the areas of  Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kandy Kegalle, Matale, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Ratnapura and Kaluthara districts must be cautious of possible threats due to the inclement weather condition.

According to the Met Department, the low pressure in the area close to the South Eastern 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.

The sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Kankesanthurai via Galle and Pottuvil may be rough at times and dangerous as the winds can strengthen up to 80 kmph at times. The general public is strongly requested not to set out to the sea and to stay at the beaches of these coastal areas.

People living closer to the coastline are also requested to be vigilant.

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