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Fourteen sluice gates of Rajanganaya reservoir opened

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By ITN News Editor December 21, 2019 18:29

Fourteen sluice gates of Rajanganaya reservoir opened

The Met Department says the rains or thundershowers can occur in several parts of the island today. Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre said that the landslide warning issued to several areas due to inclement weather will continue. Fourteen sluice gates of Rajanganaya reservoir have been opened due to heavy rains and the people in the surrounding areas have been asked be vigilant. Castlereagh and Maussakelle Reservoirs have reached spill levels. The sluice gate of Kothmale reservoir which was opened automatically recently has closed again automatically. However, people in the surrounding areas have been warned to be cautious if the water retention areas received further rains, that sluice gates could be opened automatically again. Eight sluice gates of Parakrama Samudraya have been opened due to heavy rains. Irrigation Engineer Asela Udayanga said that the sluice gates were reaching 880 cubic feet of water for a second. Manampitiya Gallella area has been submerged due to the overflowing of Mahaweli River.

Our reporters said that the transport in the area has been completely disrupted. Anuradhapura-Colombo main road submerged at Galewala-Puwakpitiya area due to heavy rains in the Matale district. Many houses and trade stalls have gone under water and transport has been disrupted due to the heavy rains. Meanwhile, a landslide has occurred about 500 meters from the Rendapola junction on Rendapola route which leads to Horton Plains National Wildlife Park. As a result transport to Ambewala, Pattipola and Horton Plains National Wildlife Park has been completely suspended. Meanwhile, the Badulla-Passara Road which was closed due to the collapse of earth mounds has been opened this morning. However, police requested the motorists to drive carefully. The Navy has deployed several teams to provide relief for the people affected by the inclement weather on the instructions of Navy Commander Piyal De Silva. Meanwhile, Kataragama Menik Ganga has overflown in several places due to the opening of sluice gates of Veheragala Reservoir. However, there is no obstacle to visit Kirivehera and Kataragama sacred area. Kataragama Divisional Secretariat and the Pradeshiya Sabha are providing relief to the affected people.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 21, 2019 18:29