Inclement weather affects 200,000; Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi among areas affected

Inclement weather affects 200,000; Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi among areas affected

Inclement weather affects 200,000; Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi among areas affected

Written by Staff Writer

16 Nov, 2015 | 8:26 pm

Close to 200,000 people in thirteen districts have been affected by the prevalent extreme weather conditions.

The depression over the Bay of Bengal, which has caused the heavy downpours is now moving northwest towards Tamil Nadu in India. The Northern Province experienced severe flooding as a result of the downpours, with several low lying areas being inundated.

The Jaffna District Disaster Management Centre noted that more than 1000 homes have been damaged as a result of the flooding, which also destroyed 54 homes. Over 50,000 people from 15,000 families in the area have been affected.

Forty two (42) shelters have been established for those displaced by the floods. 7,000 people are being housed in these shelters.

The Kilinochchi district too was affected by floods. According to our reporter, eleven spill gates of the Iranamadu Reservoir have been opened as a result of the incessant downpours experienced over the past several days.

While low lying areas in the district have been inundated, more than 16,000 people from over 4,000 families have been affected by the floods. More than 2,600 displaced are being housed at thirteen shelters in the district.

Boats are being used for transportation and for the relief effort as    numerous roads in the district have been submerged.

In the Mullaitivu District too, vast areas of low lying land have been inundated. According to our reporter, the spill gates of several reservoirs in the district have been opened.

Rough seas brought on by the inclement weather, have prevented fishermen from setting out to sea. Flood waters also inundated the Mannar – Jaffna main road, hampering vehicular traffic.

The District Disaster Management Centre says over 1,400 people from 350 families have been affected in Mannar. The displaced are being housed in fourteen shelters in the district. Floods were also experienced in the Matale District.

Traffic on the Galewela – Kekirawa road was brought to a standstill as a result of the flooding. Police have also closed the Kekirawa – Madatugama- Galkiriyagama road, due to the risk of a cave-in near the Kiralawa bridge.

Two spillgates of the Kala Wewa have been opened by 20 feet each as a result of waters reaching spill level.

Irrigation engineers say 24,000 cubic feet of water is being added to the Kala Wewa every second, due to the heavy downpours. Low lying areas and access roads in the surrounding areas were inundated as the spill gates were opened.

According to our reporter, vehicular traffic on the Galnewa – kekirawa road via Avukana has been hampered. Several by roads have also been inundated.

One person was killed following flooding in Arachchikattuwa, Chilaw. Identifying the victim as a 27-year-old man from Atonvilwaththa, our reporter added that a large number of homes in the area had been inundated.

The Puttalam – Colombo road was also inundated in Baththuluoya. Our reporter added that a tense situation erupted between public officials and  residents, while repairs were being carried out on the drainage system.

Several homes were inundated on Monday afternoon when the Deduru Oya broke its banks. Authorities also closed the Arachchikattuwa Primary School in Chilaw on Monday, November 16.

Eight spill gates of the Thabbowa Reservoir in Puttalam have been opened. Irrigation authorities say that the spill gates will remain open due to the prevailing rains.

The access road to the Number 1 village in Thabbowa has been inundated. Mangala Eliya and Sirambiadiya in Puttalam were also inundated by flood waters.

Fourteen spillgates of the Rajanganaya Reservoir have been opened. The spill gates of several minor reservoirs in the Anuradhapura District have also been opened.

By-roads in the sacred city of Anuradhapura have also been blocked as a result of flooding in the area.

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