Written by Keshala Dias
14 Sep, 2017 | 6:31 pm
Time: 04:25 p.m.
The Dunamale water gauge on the Attanagalu Oya reaches flood level. As a result of this happening, residents of low lying areas advised to remain vigilant.
The Department of Meteorology has forecast rains in several parts of the country on Thursday as well.
Incidents of rock falls and floods were reported from several areas in the country on Wednesday, September 13.
A tree collapsed onto a house in Uduwelawatta area in Hantana due to strong winds accompanied by heavy
rains. Residents in the area say there is a massive threat of trees collapsing on their homes.
A tree collapsed on the Adams Peak Road owing to the heavy rains experienced throughout the day on Wednesday. A News1st correspondent said a high intensity power line has also collapsed onto the road.
Motorists and pedestrians travelling from the Ratnapura town and Kuruvita town have been severely
inconvenienced since Wednesday night.
A News1st correspondent said the tree was removed off the street by 9 a.m. on Thursday. Several homes and shops in the Thanthirimale area were damaged by gale force winds experienced on Wednesday. .
Locals in the area noted that windy conditions are causing obstructions to farming activities.
Chief Engineer of the Kukule ganga reservoir, Shantha Perera said one of its sluice gates remains to be open
owing to the high water levels.
The Department of Meteorology has forecast several spells of showers in the Western and Sabaragamuwa
Provinces and in Galle and Matara districts with cloudy skies expected in the South-western part of the country.
The Department further states that showers or thundershowers will occur at Central and Uva Provinces and in Ampara and
Batticaloa Districts after 2.00 p.m.
Fairly heavy rains of above 50mm are expected at some places, particularly in the Sabaragamuwa and Western
Provinces and in Galle and Matara Districts.
The Met Department forecasts fairly strong gusty winds of up to 40-50 kmph over the Northern half of the
country. He added that one of the sluice gates were opened at 5 a.m. yesterday, and 50 square metres of water is being
released per second.
The water flowing through turbines are being released at 100 metre square per second.He said that the water that is released is an indication of a minor inundation in low lying areas.The rain fall in dry zones over the past few days was recorded at 83mm .
The Chief Engineer of the Kukule ganga reservoir also said that inundation of water is at a minor level in
comparison to previous incidents of flooding.
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