Met warns of impending heavy rain showers in Sri Lanka North after 2nd January
Though the weather conditions in the North of Sri Lanka are normalizing at present, but Sri Lanka Meteorological Department spokeswomen when speaking this morning to ‘Asian Tribune’ , cautioned of impending heavy showers and inclemency weather conditions after 2nd of January.
In the meantime Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre media spokesman said, today conditions in the worst affected Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts are fully normalizing, roads are clearing, weather conditions are better and people are moving to their houses.
Media spokesman also added that Divisional Secretaries and District Secretaries are visiting the damaged areas and inspecting damaged houses, also assessing damages to houses and they are expected to pay compensations accordingly.
It is further learnt that several thousand acres of paddy lands inundated, submerged and it is expected it might take couple of days for water in those paddy fields to recede.
Farmers in the areas, when contacted, say that their paddy plants are already damaged, perishing and they told Asian Tribune that they will be able to say the actual damages sustained only after water recedes.
Mr. S. Kanagaratnam, President’s Coordinator Mullaitivu district told Asian Tribune that Mullaitivu district is worst affected by rain, flood and heavy winds than any other districts in the Northern Sri Lanka.
According to Mr. Kanagaratnam, two tanks in Periya Aththimadu - namely Thaddamalai and Aiyankan and also the third one Sinnakulam in Katchilaimadu have breached.
Other than those three tanks, nearly 37 tanks in the district are full to their water receiving capacities and their sluices are opened for water level in those tanks to recede to safer levels.
It is learnt that waters in those tanks thus opened to flow away are overflowing roads, houses and paddy fields, rendering maximum damages to houses and properties, causing residents to flee for safety in temples and schools.
Thousands of people who have taken refuge in temples as well as in schools are provided with cooked meals.
Mr. Kanagaratnam added that water is overflowing over the newly constructed bridge located at the 3rd mile post on the Mullaitivu – Mankulam Road and arrangements were made to rescue those affected by flood water around those area by boats and the Security Forces are of immense help in such rescue operations.
He further told Asian Tribune that he is able to visit those affected areas and provide maximum assistance to the affected people by coordinating with District Secretary and Divisional Secretaries.
Asian Tribune also learnt that no Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians are seen anywhere close in those disaster affected areas, as they were all, almost all are away from the country.
- Asian Tribune -