Met Dept says rainy weather will continue; landslide warning to Kotmale

Met Dept says rainy weather will continue; landslide warning to Kotmale

Met Dept says rainy weather will continue; landslide warning to Kotmale

Written by Lahiru Fernando

28 Sep, 2015 | 2:53 pm

The Department of Meteorology has predicted that the prevailing rainy weather conditions will persist for the next two days. According to the Department’s Director S.R Jayasekara, the weather has been caused by the intensity of the wind.

Furthermore, the department also predicts that thundershowers will develop in most parts of the country while heavy rainfall of over 100 mm is also expected in some areas.

Meanwhile, according to the National Building Research Organization, the Wedemulla area in Kotmale, a place where Nineteen (19) families call home, is under the threat of a landslide.

On a previous occasion, Seven (07) persons died and two others sustained injuries owing to a landslide which occurred on the evening of  Friday, September 25.

According to the Head of landslide Studies and Risk Management unit of NBRO R.M.S Bandara, the tendency for a thin plate of sand to collapse has been the cause of the landslide. He also noted that the people travelling along the roads in the area should exercise caution for safety.

More weather-related reports have been recorded in various locations over the past 24 hours. Low-lands located near the Baddegama- Agaliya, Baddegama – Udugama, Nagoda – Udugama main roads in the Galle District were inundated as a result of the overflow of Gin Ganga.

Furthermore, Imaduwa – Yakkalamulla and Imaduwa – Kodhagoda main roads and surrounding low-lands were also submerged owing to the overflow of the Polathu Modara river in Galle.

Meanwhile, the News 1st correspondent in the area stated that a minor landslide was reported on a mountain located near the Imaduwa Divisional Secretariat. Six (06) houses have been damaged by heavy winds which swept across Medirigiriya, Meegaswewa and Viharagama areas.

According to the News 1st correspondent, a one-year-old  has sustained minor injuries following the incident. Twenty more houses have been damaged owing to heavy winds which swept across the Kantale area on the evening of Sunday September 27.

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