The monsoon is here to stay ‘for a few days’: MET Dept. (VIDEO)

The monsoon is here to stay ‘for a few days’: MET Dept. (VIDEO)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

25 May, 2017 | 11:08 am

Brace for a soaked weekend? The Meteorology Department says the Southwest monsoon conditions are likely to be around for a few days.

Some areas in Sri Lanka experienced continuous rainfall with little pauses in the middle for the past fourteen hours starting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24.

The downpour, accompanied by windy conditions, are expected to enhance over the southwestern part of Sri Lanka over the coming days. The Met Department  says some areas will experience heavy rainfall exceeding 100 mm.

Showers or thundershowers are expected in;

  • The Western Province
  • Sabaragamuwa Province
  • Southern Province
  • Central Province
  • North-Western Province

NBRO warning

If rain continues for the next 24 hours, it could result in possible landslides and earth-slips in certain areas, says the NBRO.

NBRO’s head of Landslide Studies Unit says that the general public should have a weather eye on possible natural disasters as the country’s weather condition moves from its dry season to the monsoon season.

So far, one earth-slip incident has been reported from Galle. A house has been heavily damaged in the incident.

Floods

Having a continuous heavy downpour comes with one definite result. Floods.

There is no difference this time around either. Several low-land areas were submerged, including several roads in Kalawana, Mathugama following the spill in Maguru River.

Other inundated areas include Mahagangoda (close to Baddegama main road, Ambalantota), Galle-Akuressa main road in Nugaduwa, Several roads in Ratnapura district.

Rainfall during the past 24h (ended 8:30 am, May 25):

  • Balapitiya – 197.5 mm
  • Galle – 158.4 mm
  • Baddegama – 155.3
  • Lakshapana – 148 mm
  • Norwood – 128 mm

CEB on call

The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has taken the initiative to assist the public in case of power outages during the current weather conditions.

Three phone numbers have been set up by the Ministry, giving people the opportunity to report failures caused by the heavy downpour and/or wind.

  • The Ceylon Electricity Board – 1987
  • Lanka Private Electricity Company -1910
  • The Renewable Energy Center – 1901

The ministry says power failures will be looked into and restored expeditiously.

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