Overflowing river threatens pilgrims at Sri Lanka’s sacred site

Dec 04, Colombo: The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) of Sri Lanka today issued a warning to the pilgrims paying homage to the sacred site of Kataragama to avoid bathing in the Menik River due to rising water levels.

The Assistant Secretary of DMC Ravindra Kumara has told the state-run radio SLBC that a joint programme has been implemented by the Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha and Police to educate the devotees to the sacred place of worship.

The authorities have opened all sluice gates of the Veheragala reservoir in Wellavaya tt. The DMC has requested the residents of the low lying areas in Kataragama and Menik River valley to be vigilant about possible flooding.

The DMC also reported that the transportation from Balangoda to Thanamalwila has been curtailed due to the overflowing of the Hambegamuwa tank in the southern village of Thanamalwila. The authorities plan to use concrete cylinders to reduce water levels if the flooding continues tomorrow, the official has said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology has forecasted more showers for the region today.

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