Met Dept predicts thundershowers; landslide warnings slip into the picture

Met Dept predicts thundershowers; landslide warnings slip into the picture

Met Dept predicts thundershowers; landslide warnings slip into the picture

Written by Lahiru Fernando

19 Apr, 2016 | 8:23 pm

Rain dropped over many areas in the country on Tuesday, April 19,  bringing relief to the people who were suffering from the immense heat that has been around for the past few months. However, the happiness came at a cost, as warnings of landslides were later issued for Eheliyagoda, Balangoda and Imbulpe of the Ratnapura District.

According to the Disaster Management Centre, the danger could intensify if these areas continue to receive rainfall in the next 24 hours.

The Meteorology Department has forecast  that many parts of the country would receive showers/thundershowers from 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. The department has also predicted rainfall of over 75 mm in some areas.

Gale force winds and lightning related accidents could occur during thundershowers, the Met Department warned.

Several parts of Colombo experienced heavy showers on Tuesday afternoon as well as the town of Hatton. Some parts of the Hatton town experienced floods as the heavy rain fell for over an hour.

Meanwhile, more problems awaited for the people in the Colombo Fort, Slave Island and Colpetty areas as the power supply saw disruptions today. The disruption has been attributed to a fault in the underground cable system, which supplies power to Colpetty and Colombo Fort from the Kolonnawa Grid Sub Station.

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