Torrential rain forecast in the next two days; many low lying areas...

Torrential rain forecast in the next two days; many low lying areas are flooded

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Many low lying areas were inundated following the torrential rain experienced in many parts of the island. The Meteorological Department stated that heavy rain fall exceeding 100 mm can be experienced in the next two days.

Heavy rain has been experienced in many areas in the Southern, Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. As a result many low lying areas were flooded.

The movement of traffic was obstructed due to the flooding of several roads in the Colombo City. Pettah, Thunmulla, Torrington, and the environs of Royal College as well as the environs of the SSC grounds were flooded. Workers of the Colombo Municipal Council undertook a special project to pave the way for the flow of the stranded water.

Our correspondents reported that many roads leading to the Galle City were inundated due to the torrential rain that lashed the Galle City and the affiliated areas. The Galle-Baddegama, the Galle Wakwella, the Galle Labuduwa, the Abdul Wahab Mawatha and the Dangedara Road were flooded.

The Galle District Disaster Management Unit stated that the Mahamodera estuary was opened for the flow of water in the Ginganga and the Balapitya Estuary was opened for the flow of water of the Maadu River.

Meanwhile, the areas such as Yatalamatta, Bomkada and Kurupanawa were flooded. The slip of earth mounds was also reported in several areas.

The two approach roads to the historic Kande Vihare in Aluthgama were under water causing immense hardships to devotees. Surrounding shops and houses were also reported to be submerged.

Immediate measures have been taken to provide relief to the people of Polonnaruwa who were severely impacted by strong winds. At least 175 houses in the Kaduruwela town and several surrounding villages in Polonnaruwa have been affected by the strong winds and rain experienced yesterday.

The Disaster Management Centre said that as a result heavy damages were inflicted on property including houses. Several electricity posts and power lines had collapsed. 895 members of 237 families were affected by the calamity.

Landslide warnings have been issues to Nagoda in Galle and the Ambagamuwa Korale in Nuwara Eliya. The Disaster Management Centre has informed the public to be cautious.

Meanwhile the Met Department has forecast heavy rain within the next few days.