Rains stall Colombo traffic; Met Dept predicts a wet weekend

Rains stall Colombo traffic; Met Dept predicts a wet weekend

Rains stall Colombo traffic; Met Dept predicts a wet weekend

Written by Tharushan Fernando

11 Sep, 2015 | 7:56 pm

The City of Colombo experienced a downpour of 33.5 mm during the twenty-four hour period that concluded at 08:30 on Friday morning. The flow of traffic in many areas in the city was disrupted by the heavy rainfall.

The heavy rainfall which was experienced Thursday night hampered the flow of traffic in Colombo on Friday morning, and almost all the access points to enter the city were congested.

Police issuing a communique on Friday morning requested drivers and commuters to use alternate routes as a result of the heavy traffic reported on Parliament Road.

In addition, heavy traffic was also reported on the Galle Road , High Level Road, the Low Level Road and Baseline Road. Over the recent past, many roads in the City of Colombo were renovated along with the drainage system. However, water puddles were seen on many roads following the heavy downpour.

Acting Police Media Spokesperson,SSP Priyantha Jayakody added that the main reason for this is that the motorists have to travel in the middle of the road due to the rainwater remaining on one lane of the road.

Employees, school students and others who enter the city on a daily basis were severely inconvenienced as a result of the traffic congestion. Police were depending on the traffic lights system in the City of Colombo to control the flow of traffic.

SSP Priyantha Jayakody further added that at times the police officers would suspend the use of traffic lights and resort to directing traffic through hand signals; and based on the request made by the public the automated traffic lights system will be tested during these two days.

In its forecast, the Department of Meteorology said that the rainy weather could continue on Saturday as well.

Director of Department of Meteorology, S.R.Jayasekera speaking on the situation said:

We are now experiencing the final stages of the south western monsoon season and windy conditions are normal as a result. Therefore rainfall is expected in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and also in the Galle and Matara districts.

He further stated:

The Colombo district is experiencing this rainfall due to the strong winds that is being experienced over the seas of the western coastal area and there is a tendency for rains to develop in the western province tomorrow as well.

 

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