Rains wreak havoc as low pressure system forms over Sri Lanka

Rains wreak havoc as low pressure system forms over Sri Lanka

Rains wreak havoc as low pressure system forms over Sri Lanka

Written by Staff Writer

15 May, 2016 | 10:01 pm

Heavy showers were reported around the country on May 15, 2016.The Department of Meteorology states that rainfall of 145 millimetres was recorded in some areas.

Rains and strong winds which commenced in Colombo and surrounding areas on Sunday morning is still persisting. Landslide warnings have been issued to eight districts in the country with the prevalent weather conditions,

Head of the Landslide Research and Risk Management Division of the National Building Research Organisation, R.M.S. Bandara said that the warnings have been issued to the Kandy, Ratnapura, Kurunegala, Kegalle, Monaragala, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya Districts.

Landslide warnings have been issued to the Passara, Badulla, Hali Ela, Ella, Bandarawela, Uva Paranagama, Haldummulla, Lunugala and Welimada areas in the Badulla District, while in the Moneragala District, the warnings have been issued to the the Badalkumbura area.

The Thumpane, Udapalatha, Pasbagey, Ududumbara, Meda Dumbara and Gangawata Korale areas in the Kandy District have been issued landslide warnings.

Landslide warnings have also been issued for the Ratnapura District, to the Ayagama, Eheliyagoda, Kiriella, Ratnapura, Balangoda, Kuruvita, Kalawana, Nivithigala, Pelmadulla, Elapatha, Opanayake, Weligepola, Kahawatte, Godakawela, Kolonna and Imbulpe areas.

Landslide warnings have been issued to the Mawathagama, Rideegama and Malwarapitiya areas in the Kurunegala District while in the Nuwara Eliya District, the warnings have been issued to the Walapane, Hanguranketha, Kotmale and Ambagamuwa areas.

The NBRO adds that the Deraniyagala, Dehiowita, Ruwanwella, Yatiyantota, Bulathkohupitiya, Aranayake, Kegalle and Galigamuwa areas in the Kegalle District have been issued landslide warnings while the Rattota, Ukuwela as well as the Matale town in the Matale District have been requested to be vigilant of landslides.

Meanwhile the City of Colombo and surrounding areas were heavily impacted by the incessant rains. The Department of Meteorology says that the Colombo District has received a rainfall of 76.4 mm.

The Kelani River reached spill level causing homes in the ‘Dewani’ Nawagampura and Kettharagama Aluth Para areas to flood.

Vehicular movement in the Maligawatte area was also hampered.The Sedawatte canal was at spill level as of Sunday evening. Pettah also received a considerable amount of rain on Sunday

The water levels of the Diyawanna Oya located close to the Parliamentary Complex had risen by this evening. Large pools of water were seen close to the Suwatha lane in Bellanwila.

Several homes in Delkanda, Nugegoda were flooded caused by a canal in the area overflowing.Residents of the Kumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha in Thummulla were left in much discomfort owing to the heavy downpours.

The incessant rains were felt in areas close to the Nelum Pokuna Theatre as well. Low lying ares in Narahenpita were also inundated. Roads surrounding Torrington were also under water.

Meanwhile several houses and roads down Maha Buthgamuwa Temple Road were submerged under water. The Kotikawatte, TC Road and Dahamwela Roads were also under water.

Several areas including Wellampitiya, Wennawatte and Brandiyawatte were inundated by the heavy downpours. The extreme weather conditions have affected a number of districts across length and breadth of the country.

The highest rainfall of 145.8 mm during the past 24 hours was recorded in the Pottuvil area . Two houses have caved in due to the heavy rains in the Puwakgodamulla area in the Badulla District .

Vehicular movement on the Ella – Wellawaya road was hampered due to rockslides.Twenty six (26) families who were evacuated due to the threat of landslides in the Pettigala Mountains in Balangoda a few days ago, are facing severe difficulties due to the heavy rainfall in the area.

Twenty five houses were inundated as the water level of the Madu-Ganga increased.Transportation between Baddegama and Galle was hampered as the Galle – Baddegama main road was flooded.

Our correspondent stated that several low lying areas were inundated due to the rise of the water level of the Gin Ganga. Our correspondent reported that frequent showers were experienced in Galle, Ahangama and Habaraduwa last night.

Heavy rains also lashed Galenbindunuwewa and Kekirawa in Anuradhapura. The water levels of several reservoirs including Hurulu wewa have risen due to the heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, a temple in the Adampane area in Nochichiyagama was damaged by lightning. Continuous rainfall was experienced in the Gampaha district during the past 24 hours.

The water level of the Attanagalu Oya has risen as a result of the incessant rain.

Ninety six persons from 18 families from the Sooriyakanda Estate in Maskeliya have been evacuated to safer locations due to the threat of land slides. Officials have informed those living along the Mahaweli river to be vigilant as four sluice gates of the Upper Kotmale reservoir have been opened.

During the past 24 hours the Nuwara Eliya district has received rainfall of 39 mm. Several houses in the Nuwara Eliya town centre were damaged due to an earth slip.

Several houses in the Gatakulawa area in Hanguranketha were damaged due to an earth slip. Our correspondent sated that the damage was caused by the collapse of a haphazardly built wall.

Meanwhile, a cab had veered off the road in the Digana Mahaweli village along the Kandy – Mahiyangana main road.

Seven sluice gates of the Deduru oya have been opened by 3 feet each. Meanwhile the Deduru Oya has broken its banks in Chilaw. Our correspondent stated that several low lying areas in the Chilaw town and many by roads have been inundated as a result.

Thirty eight houses in Nallaruwa, Panadura have been damaged due to strong winds that swept across the area. Transportation was hampered when a bridge on the Kataragama – Monaragala main road collapsed.

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