Warnings hang over accessing several regions; NBRO deploys teams to investigate six districts

Warnings hang over accessing several regions; NBRO deploys teams to investigate six districts

Warnings hang over accessing several regions; NBRO deploys teams to investigate six districts

Written by Staff Writer

15 Oct, 2017 | 10:19 am

The National Building Research Organisation has taken steps to deploy teams in order to investigate six districts over which landslide warnings remain.

Accordingly, the warning is in effect in the districts of Nuwara-Eliya, Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Ratnapura.

Acting director of the NBRS’s Landslide Research Unit, Dr. Gamini Jayatissa said that people will be evacuated immediately, following inspection.

Steps have also been taken to use drone cameras in order to inspect risk-prone areas that cannot be reached. The Irrigation Department says that the water levels  have risen, and has thus requested residents in the areas to be vigilant.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre says that the spill gates of Laxapana and Kukule Ganga Reservoirs continue to remain open.Several roads have been inundated as a result of the heavy rainfall experienced in the country.

The Irrigation Department has warned the public over the use of roads in the areas of  Akuressa – Kamburupitiya – Akuressa – Siyambalagoda, Akuressa – Kadduwa, and Kadduwa – Maalimbada, as they have been inundated.

Meanwhile, the Road Development Authority has requested the public to maintain a speed of 60 kilometres per hour when driving along highways during rainfall, and to switch on headlights when entering highways.

The Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management says that coastal erosion has increased as a result of the heavy rainfall experienced in the country.

Director Deneral of the department, Prabhath Chandrakeerthi said that relevant steps have been taken in order to control coastal erosion.However, he noted that the rough sea conditions have obstructed the procedure.

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