Landslide warning issued for several districts in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings for several areas due to adverse weather, valid till 4pm Thursday (04).

The NBRO said with continuous heavy rain, landslide warnings have been issued for residencies in eight districts so far.

Level 01 warning

Galle – Neluwa, Nagoda and Elpitiya

Kalutara – Bulathsinhala

Kandy – Udunuwara, Gangawata Korale, Doluwa, Ganga Ihala Korale, Harispattuwa and Yatinuwara

Kegalle – Bulathkohupitiya, Mawanella and Aranayake

Nuwara Eliya – Walapane and * Hanguranketha

Ratnapura – Eheliyagoda

Level 02 warning

Badulla – Passara and Ella

Matale – Ukuwela and Rattota

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) issuing a statement said the road from Alla to Passara via Namunukula is completely closed due to risk of tree and rock falling. The DMC has asked the public to use the Passara-adulla main road as an alternative road.

The Meteorology Department said showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Potuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota.

“Winds will be south-westerly in the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Potuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota, and winds will be south-westerly to south-easterly in other sea areas around the island. The wind speed will be (20-30) kmph in the sea areas around the island,” the Met Department said.

“Wind speed can be increased up to 40-50 kilometers per hour at times in the sea areas extending from Colombo to Potuvil via Galle and Hambantota.”

The DMC in its statement said extreme levels of rainfall over the past few days have affected 10 districts and 41 Divisional Secretariats in the county. Floods, winds and storms have also been reported.

The statement noted that 1,444 families and 5,790 individuals have been affected by the adverse weather.

“Four deaths have been reported. Two had drowned and two others were struck by lightning,” DMC Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili told reporters on Wednesday (03).

“Three houses were completely destroyed while 409 were partially damaged. Three relief centers are now in operation,” he said. (Colombo/Nov03/2021)

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