ExtremeWeather:Rains, inundated roads,floods and rise in river water levels reported from across the Island

ExtremeWeather:Rains, inundated roads,floods and rise in river water levels reported from across the Island

ExtremeWeather:Rains, inundated roads,floods and rise in river water levels reported from across the Island

Written by Tharushan Fernando

28 May, 2016 | 7:41 pm

A minor flood situation reported in areas adjacent to major rivers following the heavy downpour.

Colombo recorded the highest rainfall during the 24 hour period which ended at 08:30 this morning with 112.6 mm.

The water level of the Kelani river increased slightly this morning, following the heavy rains experienced in the Hanwella and Gampaha areas last night.

The water level of the Kelani river at the Nagalagam Street water gauge this morning, stood at 4 feet.

Minor flooding was reported in a number of areas in Malwana owing to the increase in water levels of the Kelani river.

The flooding took place in the Malwana,Kalukodayawa,Kanukatiyawa and Lenagampela areas.

As a result of the flooding, residents of the Kanukatiya area took measures to remove their belongings from their homes. The Dompe – Malwana main road as several by-roads too were inundated. The water levels of the Attanagalu Oya too is increased following the heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the rainfall recorded in the City of Galle is 63.9mm.

As a result, the water level of the Gin River has reached Spill level. As of this morning, the water gauge of the Gin River was 3.6 feet.Flooding will take place if the water level increases to 4.5 feet. With the rise in water levels of the Gin river, the Baddegama – Udugama road was inundated. Many low lying areas on the banks of the Gin River are flooded.

They added that a number of areas including Wakwalla,Hinidum,Maha-Bodhiw,Nagoda and Gurupanawaattawere under water.

Meanwhile, with the Moragoda Ela in Galle reaching spill level, the Danggedara area on the Galle – Baddegama road was under water.A number of by-roads in the area too were under water.

The incessant rains also caused the water levels of the Nilwala river to rise.

Our correspondents said water level of the Nilwala river at the Paanadugama water gauge stood at 6 feet today.

As a result, while the Akuressa – Siyambalagoda main road was inundated, and the Disaster Management Center warns people living on the banks of the Nilawala river to be cautious of the rising water levels.

Meanwhile, the water levels of the Kalu ganga has increased up-to 1.3 feet.

The Disaster Management Center says that if the water level increases to 3 feet, flooding could take place in the surrounding areas. With the increase in water levels of the Kalu Ganga, a number of low lying areas were under water.

The Bulathsinhala – Molkawa road in the Dambala area too became inundated as a result of the water levels of the Kukule Ganga rising.

Water levels of the Devon Falls in Hatton increased following the heavy rains experienced in the Nuwara Eliya District. Water levels of the Castlereigh Reservoir also increased following the rising water levels of the Keselgamuwa Oya and Dik Oya.

The water leves rose for the first time in one and a half years.

Water levels of the Saint Claires Waterfall also increased.

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