Several Districts experience torrential rain. Many low lying areas are inundated

Several Districts experience torrential rain. Many low lying areas are inundated

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Many low lying areas are inundated as a result of the torrential rain experienced in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Northwestern Provinces. The Department of Meteorology said that some areas experienced a rainfall of between 100 and 150 millimeters. Flooding has obstructed the movement of traffic at Puwakpitiya in Avissawella and Parakaduwa in Eheliyagoda.
Heavy rain was experienced in the Matara District last night causing the rapid increase of the water level in the Nilwala River. This was reported by the Matara Regional reporters. Torrential rain had played havoc in the Deniyaya, Pasgoda, Mulatiyana, Kamburupitiya, Karagoda-Uyangoda, Witiyala and Kadduwa areas. The Matara District Disaster Management Unit has warned people living in the lower valley affiliated to the Nilwala River as the water level in the river was rising.
A rainfall of about 92 millimeters had been experienced in the Kalutara District during the last 24 hours. Geologist of the Kalutara District Geology Office Harsha Ekanayake has informed people living in danger zones to evacuate if the rainfall rises from 100 to 150 mm.
The Colombo District has recorded a rainfall of between 100 and 150 mm during the last 24 hours. If this situation prevails the Disaster Management Centre has called upon the people living in the Eheliyagoda area and its environs to be cautious.
A spill gate of Kukuleganga Reservoir has been opened due to the heavy rainfall experienced last night. As such, the Disaster Management Unit has called upon the people living in Agalawatte, Walallawita, Palindanuwara, Ingiriya and Baduraliya to be on alert.
Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Unit M. Bandara has said that although torrential rain had been experienced in many parts of the country, it has not impacted the Nuwara Eliya District. Intermittent rain had been experienced in the Castlereigh and Maoussakele areas located within the Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat Division in the Nuwara Eliya District. Engineers of the Lakshapana, New Lakshapana, Polpitiya and Wimalalsurendra Power Plants reported that power was being generated to the maximum due to the increased water levels in the Reservoirs.
Intermittent rain was being experienced in the Kandapola area in Nuwara Eliya, causing an impact on the vegetable cultivated in the low lying areas. The Nuwara Eliya Police have called on the drivers to be watchful when driving on main roads in the Central Hills during heavy rainfall.
Eheliyagoda and Kiriella areas had experienced a rainfall of 200 mm due to the continuous torrential rainfall that lashed the Ratnapura District in the past twenty four hours. Ayagama had received a rainfall of 150 mm. Our Correspondent said that the rainfall experienced in the Ratnapura town was 140 mm. This has inundated the Ratnapura Saman Devale and the surrounding roads. Schools in the Ratnapura town were closed at 11.30 am today. The water level of Kaluganga is rising rapidly. The Ratnapura Disaster Management Unit said that a flood situation would surface if the rain continued. As such the people living in danger areas within the Eheliyagoda, Kiriella and Ayagama Divisional Secretariat Divisions have been instructed to evacuate.
Our correspondent reported that the Polonnaruwa District is still experiencing the dry climatic situation despite the heavy rain that is lashing the other Districts.