Thousands homeless as rains lash Jaffna,Trinco, Kandy, Anuradhapura…

Thousands homeless as rains lash Jaffna,Trinco, Kandy, Anuradhapura…

Written by Staff Writer

15 Nov, 2015 | 9:19 pm

Weather forecasts have suggested that the prevailing inclement weather conditions will continue to develop in the next few days.

News1st brings you the details on the climate change and disasters caused by it.

Many areas across the country experienced heavy rainfall on Sunday. The highest rainfall was recorded in Jaffna during the last 24 hours.

The rainfall recorded was 166.3 millimetres.

The rainfall recorded in Trincomalee and Batticaloa were 79.8 millimetres and 54.7 millimetres respectively.

Kandy recorded a rainfall of 51.7 mm while Badulla recorded 31 mm,  Anuradhapura recorded 28 milometres of rainfall.

Spill gates of 22 of the main reservoirs in the country have been opened. Among them are ten tanks in Anuradhapura and nine in Batticaloa.

The Lunugamvehera and Veheragala reservoirs in Hambantota and the Deduru Oya in Kurunegala are also among them.

All spill gates of the Rajanganaya and Nachchaduwa reservoirs have also been opened.

While the Nuwarawewa has overflowed due to the heavy rainfall, bi-roads of the sacred city are also inundated due to the banks of the Malwathu Oya giving way.

Low pressure areas in the country have developed into high pressure zones. They located in the the Northeast of the country. The impact of this has resulted in thundershowers.

The prevalent heavy rains have had a heavier impact in the the North. Mannar had recorded a rainfall of 115 mm as of 12 noon Sunday.

One hundred and thirty one (131) families in Mullaitivu and 65 families in Kilinochchi are among the 2000 families in Jaffna who are affected by the heavy rains.

Three camps in Kilinochchi and eight camps Mullaitivu are in operation to house the displaced persons.

Several entry roads to Jaffna are also obstructed owing to the heavy rains. The Disaster Management Centre says that 1251 families in the Gampaha District have been affected by the inclement weather.

A relief camp has been set up in Puttalam to house 757 of the families.

Several villages in Dambulla are inundated due to the Dambulu Oya overflowing as a result of the rains which have been persisting since Saturday.

The Uluketawewa area which comes under the purview of the Palagala Divisional Secretariat in Kekirawa is flooded due to the Mirisgoniya Oya breaking its banks.

One hundred (100) houses in the Dambulla town have been flooded due to overflowing of the Thammenna ela.

Our correspondent stated that those affected have been placed in temporary camps.

Meanwhile, Sigiriya is also facing the risk of floods.

The Puwakpitiya town in Galewela was inundated due to the overflow of the Galapawula wewa.

Accordoing to our correspondent, vehicular movement along the Colombo – Anuradhapura, Colombo – Polonnaruwa and Colombo -Trincomalee roads were hampered.

Residents of 350 homes in the Maikkulama area in Chilaw who were affected by the incessant rains have been housed in temporary locations in  Chilaw.

Around 50 acres of paddy land in the Ilukwewa area have been affected due to the overflowing of the Yaan oya in Galenbindunuwewa.

Meanwhile, the Galenbindunuwewa – Dutuwewa road was inundated due to the overflow of the Getalaawa wewa.

Our correspondent stated that the 22 mile post area had been affected due to the overflowing of the Hinguru-wewa in Galenbindunuwewa.

Meanwhile, the water levels of the Huruluwewa Reservoir in Galenbindunuwewa is increasing rapidly. 5942 families in the Kuchcha-weli, Kinniya and Nagarahakadawa areas in the Trincomalee District have been affected due to the floods.

Several alternative routes in Vavuniya are inundated due to the overflowing of the Pawakkulama wewa.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology says that the sea areas around the country will be very rough at times as the winds can strengthen up to 70-80 kmph.

A house in the Polhengoda, Nugagahapura area in Kirulapone was damaged after a mound of earth collapsed on it.

Locals in the area charge that their homes are at risk due to the earth embankment.

Meanwhile according to our correspondent, orange coloured rainfall was reported in the Padiyathalawa area.

As the weather continues to batter the country, News1st looked into the effects the weather has had in the city of Colombo, which is widely considered the centre of development.

A large number of people visit Colombo on a daily basis not merely because it is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

One of the reasons why Colombo is considered a central point to many, is due to the fact that all modes of transport to travel to other parts of the country, including SLTB and private buses as well as trains, commence their journeys from Colombo.

The other reason is that the headquarters of various ministries and institutions are also based in Colombo.

However during rainfall, many cross roads in Colombo transform into mud puddles and water holes.

The number of potholes, open drains and unfinished road constructions pose a countless threats.

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