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Several areas impacted by strong and gusty winds

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By ITN News Editor August 8, 2019 18:57

Several areas impacted by strong and gusty winds

1234 members of 293 families had been impacted due to the strong windy conditions. The Disaster Management Centre said that action is being taken to grant them compensation and relief. The Department of Meteorology has forecast that the prevailing windy condition over the country and surrounding sea areas and showery condition in the South-western part of the island are expected to continue during the next few days. The wind speed is likely to enhance over Northern, North-central, Western, North-western and Central Provinces and over Trincomalee district up to 50 to 60 kmph at times.
Sudden increase of wind speed up to 70 kmph can be expected over Northern and North-central provinces and over Trincomalee district particularly in the afternoon and night.Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and North-western provinces. Several spells of showers will occur in Mannar, Jaffna and Anuradhapura districts.
Heavy rainfall above 100 mm are likely at some places in Western, Central, North-western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara Districts.There may also be temporary localized strong winds from 70 to 80 kmph during thundershowers. The Department has also issued a warning for heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas in the sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Kaluthara via Puttalam.
Meanwhile, there were obstructions to movement of traffic following fallen trees in areas such as in the Gampaha, Yakkala and Miriswatte area last evening due the strong winds. Trees had fallen on to the Colombo-Kandy, Gampaha-Colombo and Gampaha Nittambuwa-Gampaha roads.
Heavy damages had been inflicted to houses in the Attanagalla Thihariya area in Atanagalla. Movement of traffic was obstructed as a result of fallen trees. The Disaster Management Centre has taken immediate steps to provide relief for damaged houses and property. Some houses in the Kurundupitiya area in Vavuniya suffered damages as a result of the strong winds. Action has been taken to repair the houses that are damaged.
There are obstructions to the movement of traffic along the Colombo-Hatton main road due to fallen trees and powerlines as a result of the strong gusty winds and heavy rainfall experienced in the Western slopes of the Central Hills.
Fallen trees had blocked the Ginigathhena Millagahamula areas and Ginigathhena Pitawala roads. The Police were compelled to direct vehicles up to this morning through alternate roads. Immediate action was taken to repair damages caused to the fallen powerlines.
Meanwhile the Police have called on drivers using the Hatton-Colombo and Hatton-Nuwara Eliya main roads to be cautious.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 8, 2019 18:57