Extreme weather and disaster updates

Extreme weather and disaster updates

By Staff Writer

26 May, 2017 | 5:04 pm

Update as at 5:00 pm 26/5/17

  • Sirasa Shakthi Sahana Yathra offically launched to provide assitance to those affected by the extreme weather.
  • People living near the Kelani river are advised to evacuate
  • Water supply to several areas including Kaluaggala, Hanwella, Jayaweeragoda, Jalthara, Ranala and Nawagamuwa has been suspended as a result of pipeline damage due to landslide near Thunmodara.
  • Police issue a communique asking the public to stay away from disaster sites saying that the people who arrive at disaster sites are obstructing the rescue operations and are adding to traffic congestion.

Update as at 3:45 pm 26/5/17

  • Flooding and landslides in the Rathnapura and Kalutara districts claim the lives of 57 people.
  • 4 people have died and 16 are reported missing following an earth embankment at the Morawaka Kanda in Matara. Divisional secretary reports that 21,650 people have been displaced.
  • The DMC says that the water level of Aththanagalu oya is increasing and urge the public in the surrounding areas to be vigilant.
  • Education Minister informs that all exams which were to be conducted by the Department of Examinations on the 27th & 28th of May have been postponed due to extreme weather conditions.

Update as at 2:30 pm 26/5/17

  • Hatton update: A house has been crushed by a landslide in the area. No casualties reported thus far.
  • Samanalagama in Hatton has been noted as a high risk zone for landslides. Residents are advised to be vigilant.
  • Panoor in Hatton: Four houses have been submerged due to flash floods.
  • Sri Lanka Air force helicopters will be dispatched to assist those who are affected by the floods.
  • Lakshapana, Canyon and Kukuleganga reservoirs have overflown due to extreme rains. The sluice gates of the reservoirs have been opened to provide relief from water pressure. Residents near the reservoirs have been advised to evacuate.
  • Director of  the Met Department says monsoonal rains are more aggressive at this point of time resulting in wind speeds of up to 50 kmph in many parts of the country.
  • Sixteen people unaccounted for following landslides and flooding in several areas throughout the country.
  • There has been an outpouring of public assistance with many coming forward and opening commercial establishments to assist those affected by the extreme weather.

Update as at 1:20 pm 26/5/17

  • The Department of Government Information says that there is a likelihood of severe flooding around all rivers as a result of the inclement weather conditions being experienced. Families living around rivers have been asked to vacate their current locations and move to safer locations.
  • According to social media updates, it is reported that people in Beruwala are sending boats to assist those affected by floods in the area.
  • Heavy floods are reported in the Morawaka town.

Update as at 12:00 pm 26/5/17

  • Twenty three deaths reported countrywide due to landslides and flooding.
  • Eight people have died following landslides that occurred in Baduraliya and Kobawakawatte in Kalutara.
  • Ten people die in landslides in Ratnapura.
  • According to the Met Department heavy showers, thunder showers and very strong winds of up to 80 KMPH as well as rough seas can be expected at times off the coast extending from Kankesanthurai to Batticaloa via Trincomalee.
  • Relief operations were carried out since early Friday, to rescue those trapped in the areas of Padukka and Hanwella. DMC reports that thirty people were rescued during these operations.
  • EVACUATION: The Kolonnawa Divisional Secretary said that operations are underway in order to provide relief for those affected in the area. Deputy Director of the DMC said that people are being evacuated from the risk areas.
  • An earth embankment has been reported in Deniyaya Morawaka in the Matara district.
  • The Met Department says that the water levels of Gin Ganga are also rising rapidly with the heavy rainfall.
  • Katuwana town in Hambantota has been completely inundated as a result of the heavy rainfall.

Update as at 8:30 am 26/5/17

  • Welipenna and  Kokmaduwa entrances of the Southern Expressway inundated due to heavy rain
  • Police launch investigations into whether residents were in the five houses that were buried in a landslide in Baduraliya
  • Landslide in Baduraliya buries 5 houses
  • Army and Navy commence operations to rescue those affected by floods – DMC
  • Air Force deploys Bell 212 and MI 17 helicopters to aid flood relief efforts
  • Two women died when a boundary wall and a soil embankment collapsed on a house in Sapugaskanda
  • Kolonnawa, Biyagama, Kelaniya, Kaduwela, Dompe, Hanwella, Padukka & Awisawella due to rising levels of Kelani river
  • Due to the rising water level of the Kalu Ganga, the DMC has announced a flood warning to areas including Rathnapura, Pelmadulla and Padukka
  • All schools in Sabaragamuwa Province will be closed today due to the prevailing weather conditions