MET. DEPARTMENT ISSUES RED ALERT DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER

MET. DEPARTMENT ISSUES RED ALERT DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER

MET. DEPARTMENT ISSUES RED ALERT DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

04 Dec, 2019 | 4:12 pm

Colombo (News1st) – A number of Areas around Colombo have been inundated due to the heavy rains being experienced at present. The Department of Meteorology has issued a RED ALERT due to the inclement weather.

The alert notes that due to the low-level atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka (South of Sri tanka), prevailing showery conditions are expected to enhance over Northern, Eastern, Northcentral, uva and central provinces from tonight.

Very heavy showers above 150 mm are likely at some places in Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Mullaitivu, Nuwara-Eliya, Badulla and Monaragala districts.
Heavy showers above 100 mm are likely at some places in North-central, Sabaragamua, southern and western provinces as well as in the in Matale, Kandy, Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi and
Vavuniya districts.

Fairly strong gusty winds up to 55 kmph can be expected over the island particularly in  the North-Western, Southern, Central, Uva and North-Central provinces

DAMAGE EXPECTED:
– Heavy rainfalls expected in Central hilly areas.
– Heavy rains may trigger landslides in hilly areas.
– Water inundation in low lying areas.
– Large trees could be uprooted

ACTION SUGGESTED:
– people living in hilly areas (particularly landslide-prone areas) are requested to be vigilant.
– Drivers and people using roads in the hilly areas are requested to be vigilant’
– Take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity’
– Beware of fallen trees and power lines.
– Be alert on the advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology.
– For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management center

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