Over 400 people affected by inclement weather – Gampola, Belihuloya among six districts

Over 400 people affected by inclement weather – Gampola, Belihuloya among six districts

Over 400 people affected by inclement weather – Gampola, Belihuloya among six districts

Written by Staff Writer

11 May, 2016 | 10:08 pm

The Disaster Management Centre states that over 400 people in six districts have been affected by incessant rains and landslides.

Meanwhile, The Department of Meteorology forecasts that heavy showers will be experienced in the country in the coming days.

One hundred and twenty eight (128) people from 26 families have been evacuated from the Pettigala area in Balangoda owing to landslides.

Our correspondent stated that facilities had been arranged to shelter the evacuees with the intervention of the Army.

Due to the heavy showers experienced in the Balangoda area, our correspondent says that the earth and rocks left behind following a landslide in Parehiyangala three days ago, have been washed away.

Meanwhile, vehicular movement in the Galagama and Upper Galagama areas in Belihuloya has been disrupted .

Our correspondents report that high voltage powerlines in the Upper-Galagama area were felled by strong winds. Meanwhile, 22 people from four families in the Yati Piyangala area in Gampola have also been evacuated.

They were evacuated subsequent to the landslide warning issued by the Gampola Disaster Management Centre. They are being sheltered at the Gampola Community Hall.

Twelve women and six children are among the evacuees.

Our correspondent notes that three houses in close proximity are also at risk of landslides. The Udapalatha Divisional Secretariat is providing cooked food for the evacuees, with the assistance of residents.

Sixteen of the 31 families who were evacuated from the Mayfield Estate in Hatton, due to landslide warnings, are currently being housed at the Mayfield Estate library building.

Our correspondent stated that the others have taken shelter with their relatives.

The National Building Research Organisation has issued a notice calling for the people not to be resettled in these line rooms.

Meanwhile, a 17 year old school boy was killed by lightning in the Kadawatha area in Mahara. A student from the Kopiwatte area in Kadawatte was the victim of the lightning strikes that were experienced with heavy showers, at around 6.30 on Tuesday evening.

Thilanda Chamika Bandara who was using his mobile phone at that instance was struck by lightning.

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