Five spill gates of the Udawlawa reservoir have been opened due to prevailing torrential rains in the area. They have been opened in such a way, after 3 years. Heavy rains are falling in the area during the last few days. Duty Engineer of the Embilipitiya Mahawali Authority Sujewa Gunasekara said the water level of the reservoir was increasing rapidly. He said 5 spill gates were opened this morning. A large number of people from the area had come to watch the scene. People living in downstream have been asked to be vigilant due to the opening of spill gates.