Flood waters recede as Kelani river water levels reduce

Flood waters recede as Kelani river water levels reduce

Flood waters recede as Kelani river water levels reduce

Written by Staff Writer

23 May, 2016 | 1:13 pm

The Department of Irrigations notes that the floods caused by the overflowing of the Kelani River have now receded. As at this morning (23rd May) the water level of the river stood at 3.6 feet signalling that the threat of floods has passed.

Director of the Hydrology Division at the Department, P. Hettiarachchi noted that even though the water levels are receding, it may take a few more days for stagnant water in low lying areas to drain into the river.

Emergency Services on standby

Meanwhile, a Bell 212 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force was deployed today as well to monitor the flooded areas. Air Force Media Spokesperson, Group Captain Chandima Alwis said that they observed that flood waters in a number of areas and roads had receded to a great extent. He said that Air Force aircraft were ready and available to be deployed at a moment’s notice, to aid in emergency situations.

The rainfall in areas surrounding the Kelaniya river has reduced over the past 72 hours. The occupants of Wellampitiya, Kolonnawa, Kotikawatte, Angoda were able to return to their homes 5 days being displaced due to floods. People are now able to walk on the same roads which were earlier covered with water, permitting only boats for a safe travel.

Meanwhile With the flood waters receding, Navy teams deployed in Colombo and its suburbs have now been removed. Navy Media Spokesperson, Captain Akram Alavi said that 105 Navy relief teams and boats had been deployed in flood affected areas.

Captain Alavi said that 3 teams will reamain on standby, while the others teams will be recalled. The Navy said that they rescued over 23 000 people trapped in the flood waters over the past week. The Navy stated that measures have been taken to provide food to over 115,000 affected people.

Dealing with the Aftermath

Individuals who returned to their homes are now faced with the challenge of sending their children to school. Most of the books used by the children have been completely destroyed by the floods.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam called on the Commissioner of Examinations  on Monday (23rd May) to issue examination result certificates in place of the destroyed and missing certificates. Therefore, in addition to the one day service to provide certificates, the examination department has taken steps to provide certificates to the door step of those whose certificates which were destroyed by the floods.The program will be coordinated through the  Grama Niladhari officers and Zonal education directors.

Emerging threat of sink holes

The Disaster Management Centre said that the death toll in the floods and landslides has risen to 92.

It has also been reported that the 37th Milepost area along the Colombo- Hatton main road is beginning to sink in. According to our correspondent although motorists of heavy vehicles have been notified to not use this road, many are defying this directive. Sink holes first began appearing on the road on the 17th of May.



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