More rains, floods mar Sri Lanka’s holiday season

Dec 25 2014, Colombo: More rains and threat of island-wide floods marred Sri Lanka’s holiday season as the Meteorology Department predicted the adverse weather to continue.

Under the influence of low pressure area is located to the south-east of Sri Lanka, showery and windy weather will continue over most parts of the island and suburb sea areas, the Meteorology Department said in an alert.

Cloudy skies and intermittent showers or thundershowers will occur over most parts of the country, especially in the North-central, Northwestern, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and Uva provinces. Very heavy falls of over 150mm are also likely at some places, it said.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said due to adverse weather over 650,000 people in 14 districts have been affected by the floods.

A total of 80,736 people from 22,941 families have been displaced in 334 shelters, mostly in the North Central and Eastern Provinces.

Search and rescue operation, immediate relief distribution to the affected communities were coordinated by the Disaster Management Centre and the District Secretary at respective districts.

Heavy rains of over 150mm rainfalls have made several number of reservoirs in the North Central Province overfill threatening low-lying areas with flood. Small scale tank breach triggers the situation.

Sluice gates of Kothmale reservoir were opened due to incessant showers and the DMC stated that there is a possibility of water levels increasing in Mahaweli River.

Meanwhile, a person was killed and three others were injured due to a landslide in Muruthalawa area in Peradeniya, this morning.

The landslide warnings have been issued to Kegalle, Ratnapura, Matale, Kandy, Badulla, and Nuwara-Eliya districts.

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