Torrential rains disrupt life in Anuradhapura and adjoining areas

Torrential rains disrupt life in Anuradhapura and adjoining areas

Torrential rains disrupt life in Anuradhapura and adjoining areas

Written by Staff Writer

03 Nov, 2015 | 9:04 pm

Several farmlands and roads were inundated in Anuradhapura as a result of the heavy rain experienced in the country.

Hopes and aspirations of farmers are being washed away owing to the incessant rains. The Eppawala River tank broke on Monday night, gulping over 40 hectares of farmland.

Local residents stated that they informed the Irrigation Engineer of the Mahaweli Authority to open the spill gates but this was not done, they allege. Residents went on to state that this situation led to the river bank giving way.

Deputy Resident Project Engineer of SLMA, Jayantha Premalal stated that he rejects these allegations as the technical division always monitors the rain conditions.

Six spill gates of the Nachchaduwa Reservoir have been opened. Water released through these gates reaches the Malwathu Oya. A number of by-roads in the holy city of Anuradhapura were inundated as a result of the rising water levels of the Malwathu Oya.

The 18 spill gates of the Rajanganaya Reservoir were opened, releasing 32,000 cubic feet of water per second to the Kala Oya. As the water levels of the Kala Oya are on the rise, the Department of Irrigation requests those living on either side of the banks to remain cautious.

The Koliththa area that runs through Galnewa to Anuradhapura was inundated as a result of the heavy rains.

The Wellawa Bridge which is located on the road between Negampaha to Bulnewa was inundated as a result of the heavy rains.

The Kalankuttiya Bridge on the Negampaha – Tambuttegama road was also under threat owing to the  flood waters.

A number of houses in Amunugama, Galnewa have been inundated. According to our correspondent, residents of the houses have been moved to their relatives’ homes.

Kurunegala the Alawwa – Giriulla road, Katupotha – Kurunegala road and the Narammala – Wariyapola road were flooded as a result of the Kolamuna Oya breaking its banks.

The spills gates of the Castlereagh, Upper Kotmale and Weeraketiya and Muruthawela reservoirs were opened on Tuesday.

The spill gates of the Muruthawela Reservoir were opened for the first time in three years.

Three children were injured when an earth embankment collapsed on to a house in the Ambalangodella area in Warakapola.

The three boys who suffered injuries were aged five, eleven and fifteen. They were admitted to the Warakapola Hospital. The five-year- old was later transferred to the Kegalle Hospital.

The Department of Meteorology says that incessant rains will continue to prevail in the Northern and Eastern parts. Duty Meteorologist Pabodhani Karunapola said that thunder showers will develop at several places elsewhere tonight.

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