Thunder showers will continue in several areas

Thunder showers will continue in several areas

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The Department of Meteorology has forecast showers accompanied by thunder in several areas today too. The Met Department said that the sea areas will also turn rough.

Buddhika Banduratne, the officer on duty at the Met Department said that intermittent rainĀ  or thunder showers may be experienced inĀ  the Western, Northwestern, Central, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. Western and Northwestern Provinces may experience heavy rain. Rain or thunder showers may be experienced in the Northern and Eastern Provinces after 2.00 pm.

The sea areas from Puttalam to Mannar and up to Trincomalee via Kankesanthurai and up to Hambantota from Batticaloa to Pottuvil may sometimes turn rough. He said that the other sea areas may turn rough at times.

The National Building Research Organization said that the landslide risk along with the torrential rain still remain. R.M.S. Bandara of the National Buildings Research Organization said that the landslide warning issued for five Districts also still persist.

He said that a landslide warning was issued for the next 24 hours. The Southwest monsoon is now active As such there may be landslide threats mainly because of the torrential rain experienced in the past, particularly in Western slopes in some Districts. Kandy, Kegalla, Ratnapura, Kalutara and Nuwara Eliya are the district that are affected.

More than 100 families have been directed to secure locations following a landslide risk in the Kegalle, Dehiowita, Deniswatte and Aiyrawatte areas. The Disaster Management Centre said that action has been taken to provide them facilities including the essential commodities they need. The National Building Research Organization has also said that some areas in the Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat Division in the Nuwara Eliya District are also threatened by landslides. As a result 417 members of 86 families have been evacuated as they have been found temporary shelter in camps.

The water level of several rivers have increased flooding in many low lying areas. Our correspondents reported that the Nagoda, Udugama, Baddegama and Kurupanawa roads in Galle have gone under water. A minor flood situation has surfaced with the overflow of Kaluganga. The water level of the Nilwala River is rising and the Matara District Disaster Management Centre has called on residents on either side of the river to be cautious.

Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said that a sudden rise in the water level of Kaluganga is witnessed at some locations. As such a minor flood situation is developing in the Ratnapura area. He called on the people living on either side of the Kaluganga to be cautious as the water level is likely to increase suddenly.