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Showeryand cloudy conditions over the island and surrounding sea areas likely to continue

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By ITN News Editor November 8, 2018 19:12

Showeryand cloudy conditions over the island and surrounding sea areas likely to continue

The Department of Meteorology says that the low pressure area is now located over the Indian coastal region of Cape Comorine and the adjoining Sri Lankan sea area.
The prevailing showery and cloudy condition over the island and surrounding sea areas is likely to continue within the next 48 hours, under the influence of the low pressure system,.
The public as well as the naval and fishing communities are requested to be attentive about advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology in this respect.
Issuing a special weather advisory, the department warned that very heavy rainfall of above 150 mm can be expected at some places in Northern and Eastern provinces and heavy falls of about 100 mm can be expected at some places elsewhere.
Winds speed will be 30 to 40 kmph over sea areas around the island and rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to 50 to 60 kmph at times over the deep sea area extending from Kankasanturai to Galle via Puttalam.
Temporarily strong gusty winds of up to 70-80 kmph and rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.The sea condition is expected to be rough over sea areas off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Puttalam via Kankesanturai and over the deep sea area extending from Puttalam to Galle via Colombo.
Meanwhile the Disaster Management Centre has announced that continued relief was being provided to those who have been impacted by floods.
The Colombo-Batticaloa rail track has been damaged due to the breach of the dam of the Punani tank in Welikanda following the torrential rain. It has paralyzed the operation of trains along the Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa track. There is a hole about 15 feet deep near the Punani railway station. Repairs are being effected despite the rain while railway employees claim that the operation of trains may return to normality by this evening.
Anuradhapura District Irrigation Director Prasanna de Silva said that more than 30 tanks in the Anuradhapura District are overflowing. Among them are six large scale tanks. The people have been advised to be cautious since spill gates of many tanks have been opened. Part of the Nuwara Eliya Hatton main road and part of the Nawalapitiya town are under water following the torrential rain experienced in the Central Hills. This has caused obstructions to the movement of traffic. The Police have advised motorists to be cautious when driving their vehicles. About 500 metres from the Nawalapitiya Bus Stand towards Gampola up to the Sri Pada Pirivena is inundated.
Even the Alikota-Aara Reservoir in Badulla coming under the Uma Oya Project is filled with water for the first time. Irrigation officials said that this would give them an opportunity to examine any shortcomings as it is a reservoir being newly established. At the same time the people living in low lying areas are warned to be on alert as it is the first time that the reservoir is overflowing.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 8, 2018 19:12
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