Mathugama, Kalawana, Akuressa, Kamburupitiya roads underwater; landslide warnings issued

Mathugama, Kalawana, Akuressa, Kamburupitiya roads underwater; landslide warnings issued

Mathugama, Kalawana, Akuressa, Kamburupitiya roads underwater; landslide warnings issued

Written by Tharushan Fernando

20 Oct, 2015 | 9:11 pm

The National Building Research Organisation says that the landslide warnings issued to nine districts, as a result of the prevalent weather, are still in effect.

The Department of Meteorology said that a rainfall of over 75 millimetres could be expected in certain areas of the country over the next few days.

The districts of Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle and Matara have currently been issued warnings on landslides and cut slope failures.

The National Building Research Organiation says that the Passara, Bandarawela, Ella, Haldummulla, Hali Ela, Welimada and Uwaparanagama Divisional Secretariats of the Badulla Districts are at greater risk of landslides and cut slope failures.

Six homes in the Weligepola area in Ratnapura were damaged due to a collapsing earth embankment.
Vehicular movement on the Balangoda – Ilakkumbura main road was hampered due to an earth embankment collapsing on the Talahakanda Road. However, traffic on the road has been restored.

The bridge which runs across the Wey Ganga from the Delgas Junction in Opanayake to Godakawela collapsed on Monday night due to the incessant rains and this has hampered access to several villages in the area.

The Mathugama – Kalawana main road was flooded due to the Maguru Ganga in Baduraliya breaking its banks.

The Akuressa – Kamburupitiya road in the Hongoda area was flooded, hampering vehicular movement.

Vehicular movement on the Akuressa – Kadduwa road in the Malinbada area was also hampered while the flood level reading of the Thawalama gauge of the Gin River is 6.05. This reading had risen by 3.9 by Tuesday evening.

Ten families have been displaced due to the flood situation in the Queensborough area in Kotmale. They are temporarily housed at homes of relatives.

The incessant rains have also caused an earth embankment to collapse in the Thalangkandawatte area in Lindula, destroying four homes. This happening has rendered 15 people homeless. They have been provided temporary shelter at a dispensary in the Thalangkandawatte area.

The Akuressa – Deniyaya road in the Athuwela area was inundated hampering vehicular movement. The incessant rains has also caused the water levels of the Nilawala River to rise and in turn flooding several areas.

The Kokmaduwa – Imaduwa stretch of the Southern Expressway which was temporally closed down was reopened.This stretch of road was closed down on Tuesday morning when the landslide warning system which was installed went off.

The Southern Expressway was closed down on numerous occasions over the past few weeks, due to the threat of landslides.

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