Residents ferried along flooded streets – Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Kegalle  among areas under threat

Residents ferried along flooded streets – Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Kegalle among areas under threat

Residents ferried along flooded streets – Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Kegalle among areas under threat

Written by Keshala Dias

08 Sep, 2017 | 2:35 pm

Flooding in a number of areas including Ratnapura, following the incessant rains, have started to recede. Water levels of the Attanagalu Oya, Kalu Ganga and the Kukule Ganga reservoir increased rapidly on Thursday, following heavy rains.

This situation has resulted in flooding in a number of low lying areas, including the town of RatnapuraMinor earth slips were also reported from several location.

The Molekawa road in Bulathsinhala is inundated. It is being reported that people are being ferried across the road as a result of floods.A number of areas in Horana too have been flooded.

However, News1st correspondents report that flooding in a number of other areas have started to recede.The landslide warning issued by the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) to five Districts will be in effect until Friday evening.

The NBRO says the warning is in place in the districts of Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Kegalle and Nuwara Eliya.

The Sabaragamuwa Ministry of Education has decided to close schools in five Divisional Secretariats in the Ratnapura District as a result of the inclement weather. Meanwhile the Met Department predicts rain in the coming days…

Issuing its weather forecast for this afternoon, the Met Department predicts showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western Provinces.

The Met Department says heavy rains of between 100-150 mm is expected at some places, particularly in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Central Provinces.

Fairly heavy falls of 75-100 mm are expected at some places, particularly in the Uva Province and in Ampara and Batticaloa Districts.Showers or thundershowers are also predicted in the Jaffna and Mannar Districts during the morning hours.

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