Weather Alert: Torrential rains affect Anuradhapura residents – showers to continue

Weather Alert: Torrential rains affect Anuradhapura residents – showers to continue

Weather Alert: Torrential rains affect Anuradhapura residents – showers to continue

Written by Staff Writer

03 Nov, 2015 | 1:41 pm

Transportation on the Eppawala – Kekirawa road has come to a standstill after the tank wall of the Eppawala Tank broke as a result of heavy showers experienced in the area.

Police had requested motorists to use alternative routes to reach their destinations.

The Anuradhapura District was the most affected area as a result of the heavy rains since Monday night. The wall of this tank located in Eppawala, Anuradhapura had broken off at around 04:30 on Tuesday morning.

This has resulted in a standstill in vehicular movement in the area.Our correspondent said that a number of low lying areas in region have been inundated.

When contacted, the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka,  said that renovation work on the tank will will commence immediately.

Resident Project Manager of the Mahaweli H Zone Kumara Herath said that following discussions with the agrarian organisations, it has been proposed to set up sand bags to construct a temporary wall to prevent the flow of water.

He added that the renovation work will commence on Wednesday when the heavy rains recede.

The Police Media Spokesperson has announced that motorists can travel to Dambulla through Eppawala and then move on to the Kekirawa – Maradankadawala road in order to reach Anuradhapura.

The Police Media Spokesperson requests motorists to refrain from using the Eppawala – Kekirawa main road.

All six spill gates of the Nachchaduwa Tank in Anuradhapura have been opened as a result of the continuous rainfall. Our correspondent said that, 16 of the 30 spill gates of the Rajanganaya Reservoir have also been opened.

Four of the spill gates have been opened by 8 feet each, while  six more spill gates have been opened by six feet each.

Two more spill gates have been opened by four feet each, while the remaining four spill gates were opened by two feet each.

As a result of this situation, the Kala Oya had exceeded its spill level.The Irrigation Engineer of Rajanganaya has requested  those living on either side of the Kala Oya to remain cautious.

Over 100 families in the Nachchaduwa Divisional Secretariat have been evacuated as a result of the Thuruwila and Mahanelubewa tanks breaking its banks.

The section of road near the Koninna Bridge on the Galnewa – Anuradhapua road was completely inundated as a result of the Kala Oya breaking its banks.

Our correspondent said that, several houses in the Amunugama area in Galnewa have been flooded.

The Wellewela bridge, located on the road leading to Bulnewa in Negampaha was completely submerged as a result of the heavy rainfall.

Three areas of the road leading from Galgamuwa to Meegalewa via Usgala were flooded as a result of the Siyabalangamuwa reservoir over-flowing.

Our correspondent said that transportation on the area has come to the standstill while several houses were also underwater.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology says that the prevailing intense thundershowers will relatively reduce in the next few days.

It adds that showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the Northern, Eastern and Southern provinces.

The Department goes on to say that thunder showers will develop at several places elsewhere after 2.00 p.m.

It further notes that there may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

Landslide warnings have been issued to the Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle and Ratnapura districts for the next 24 hours.

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