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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2965

Sri Lanka: Rain causes floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Colombo, 29 Aprol, ( Flood situation is reported yesterday from several areas of Sri Lanka due to the prevailing rains. Heavy rains have hampered transportation on a number of roads. It is reported that the old bus stand and the public ground in Ratnapura have submerged due to the overflowing of Kalu Ganga.

Divisional engineer of the Irrigation Department in Rathnapura S.P.C. Sugeeshwara said water level of Kalu Ganga has increased to 22 feet causing floods in the area. Rathnapura received a 114 millimeter rain fall during the period starting at 8.30am fron Sunday and ending at 11.30 Monday morning.

A number of schools in Rathnapura had to be closed due to floods and heavy rains. The District Secretary has advised to the divisional secretaries to take immediate action to evacuate residents living in low lying areas. Vehicular transportation in the Colombo-Badulla main road has been hampered by sods of soil in the Opanayake area. Meanwhile, several places of the Colombo-Embilipitiya and Rathnapura-Panadura main roads have been inundated.

Floods created due to the overflowing of Kukule Ganga have inundated the Kalawana-Matugama road. The Elepitiya-Kahaduwa has submerged completely causing interruptions to vehicular transportation.

Meanwhile The Department of Meteorology predicts more rain in the coming 24 hours as well. A tornado developed in the Bay of Bengal, 600 kilo meters from Jaffna causing the disturbance.

It was predicted yesterday that heavy rain is expected in the Districts of Galle, Matara, Kalutara, Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy in the next 24 hours.

The National Disaster Centre says several low lying areas in Wennappuwa, Kalutara and Ratnapura have been inundated as result of floods caused by heavy rain.

The National Building Research Organization says areas marked in the disaster map as earth slip prone areas are receiving heavy rain. Districts of Kandy, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle and Matara have been identified as vulnerable areas.

The Department of Irrigation says that water levels of Kelani, Kalu and Ging Gangas are rising due to incessant rains and warns residents in low lying areas to remain vigilant.

- Asian Tribune -

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