Northern and Eastern province severely affected due to prevailing weather

Northern and Eastern province severely affected due to prevailing weather

Northern and Eastern province severely affected due to prevailing weather

Written by Staff Writer

06 Dec, 2019 | 10:15 pm

Colombo (News 1st): The prevailing rainy weather condition has severely affected the Northern and Eastern provinces. With the overflow of the Iranamadu reservoir, several low land areas including Kilinochchi, Anandapuram, and Urutrampuram were submerged in water. Operations to evacuate locals from the affected areas commenced last evening with the support of the forces.

Meanwhile, several areas in the Kilinochchi district were submerged in water. Students sitting for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination made their way to the exam halls by boat.

An alternative road to the Selvanagar area in Mullaitivu was completely broken due to the heavy showers in the area. Furthermore, a section of the road in the Selvapuram area on the Mullaitivu Jaffna main road was completely destroyed owing to the incessant rains.

Further, several low lying areas in Jaffna were submerged in water.

Landslide warning still in effect

116 Divisional Secretariats have been affected due to incessant rains. 44,147 People from 12,932 families have been affected while 03 deaths were also reported. 20 houses have been fully destroyed due to floods and landslides, while 720 houses have been partially destroyed.

The National Building Research Organisation said landslide warning issued to the districts of Kandy, Badulla, Nuwara-Eliya, Ratnapura is still in effect. The Department of Irrigation said spill gates of 28 reservoirs out of 75 on the island have been opened.

Spill Gates opened

With the Prevailing weather condition, spill gates of several reservoirs including Nachchaduwa have been opened. All 06 spill gates of the Nachchaduwa reservoir have been opened while 5004 Cubic Feet of water is released per second.

14 Spill gates of the Rajanganaya reservoir were opened however by 2:30 pm, 04 them were closed.

The spill gates of the Rambakan Oya in Mahaoya, Ampara have been opened with it releasing 2,525 cubic feet of water per second, resulting in many low lying areas in Mahaoya being inundated. Ampara – Iginiyagala road and low lying areas in the Konduwatuwana areas were inundated after the spill gates of the Konduwatuwana reservoir were opened.

Meanwhile, many low lying areas in the Somawathiya Sacred land were inundated due to the overflowing of the Mahaweli River.



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