More rains forecast – Army teams deployed as water levels rise

More rains forecast – Army teams deployed as water levels rise

More rains forecast – Army teams deployed as water levels rise

Written by Staff Writer

10 Sep, 2017 | 11:02 pm

The Department of Meteorology forecasts that rains will intensify over the next few days.Director of Education in the Sabaragamuwa Province, Sepala Kuruppuarachchi has announced that schools in the Ratnapura District which were closed due to heavy rains, will be reopened tomorrow.

The Met Department is forecasting rains between September 11 and 14.

Nagadeepa received the highest rainfall in the country over the past 24 hours, with the figure at 105.5 millimetres.Yatiyanthota received rainfall of 67.9 millimetres while Helboda in Pussellawa received 65.1 millimetres of rain.

Delft Island also received rainfall of 56 millimetres. Meanwhile, two spill gates of the Laxapana and Canyon reservoirs were opened this morning.

The water level of the Laxapana reservoir had risen rapidly after the spill gates at the Canyon reservoir were opened, prompting authorities to open two spill gates at Laxapana for two hours.

The heavy rainfall also caused the Kalu ganga to break its banks, inundating Kesel Henawa, Madurawela and Anguruwathota in Horana.

The water level of the Kalu ganga had reached flood levels between Ilimba and Bulathsinhala and Govinna in Horana. Floodwaters which had submerged Molkawa Road in Bulathsinhala have receded, allowing the movement of vehicular traffic.

The Army says it has deployed teams in six districts  the event of any disaster situations.

Army Spokesperson Brigadier, Roshan Seneviratne said teams have been deployed in the Galle, Matara, Kalutara, Ratnapura and Kegalle Districts.

Meanwhile, in its forecast for the next 24 hours, the Met Department says the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western Provinces should expect showers or thundershowers tonight.

The Met Department adds that while these areas could experience rain tomorrow as well.

Thundershowers may be accompanied by temporary localised strong winds. The public are requested to take precautions to prevent lightning-related accidents.

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