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Inclement weather to continue for next few days

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By ITN News Editor October 7, 2018 19:00

Inclement weather to continue for next few days

The Meteorology Department forecast the inclement weather condition in the country due to a low pressure situation in the Arabian Sea will continue for the next few days. The Disaster Management Centre has requested people living in low-lying areas of Kelani, Kalu,  Ginganga rivers and Athanagalu Oya to be vigilant due to the prevailing rainy weather.  The Galle District Disaster Management Centre says that more than 8,000 people belonging to 2,292 families have been affected by torrential rains in the Galle District. Many Low-lying areas in Galle, Baddegama, Poddala, Yakkalamulla, Udugama and Habaraduwa have submerged. 15 houses have been damaged by lightning in Gall, Akmeemana area. Hiniduma, Bogahawatta area has gone underwater by about 2 feet.

Water level of Nagoda and Baddegama areas which are the low-lying areas of Ginganga is increasing. Several houses in Galle, Udugama areas have been damaged by earth slips. The Irrigation Department requests the public living in low-lying areas including Kelaniya, Kolonnawa, Biyagama and Kaduwela to be vigilant as the water level in Kelaniya River in increasing. Several houses were damaged at Welgahawatta area in Angoda yesterday due to earth slips following torrential rains yesterday. Several Low-lying areas and roads in the Kalutara District have submerged since yesterday. Kalutara District Secretary U.G.C. Jayalal instructed to broaden Wadduwa, Thalpitiya Estuary to control the situation. Earth mounds have collapsed on three houses this morning at Kalutara, Neboda, Udowita area. People in the area have rescued four people including a 6 year old girl of who have been trapped inside one of the houses. Our reporter said that another 5 people trapped inside another house were also rescued from the same area. Four people with injuries have been admitted to Horana Base Hospital. 138 families of Welipenna area have become displaced due to heavy rains yesterday. A 66 year old person who was sleeping inside a house in the area has died due to floods. The Welipenna Entrance of the Southern Expressway has submerged.

The floods have disrupted transport on Aluthgama – Matugama main road. Armed Forces have been sent to provide relief for the affected people at Balana, Ketakumbura and Amunupura areas of the Kadugannawa Divisional Secretariat Zone. Meanwhile Military teams have taken steps to prevent submerging of the area around Parliament with the torrential rains. 63 military personnel have been deployed to prevent floods in the area. They have prevented water flowing into the Parliament Complex by laying sand bags.

The Urban Development Authority has decided to temporarily closedown the Wetland Park in Beddagana. They said that the park will be reopened to the public after the weather condition improves.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 7, 2018 19:00

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