DMC issues warnings to several districts

0
113

Along with the intensifying Southwest monsoon conditions, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has warned of possible disasters in various parts of the country including the central hill country.

Red landslide alert was issued yesterday (31) evening, for Ratnapura, Kalawana, Elapatha, Kuruwita and Eheliyagoda Divisional Secretariats and the residents were urged to move to safe locations.

The DMC issued warning to those living in low land areas; the areas vulnerable to inundation and neighbouring water bodies and landslide prone areas in the Central Hill Country to be vigilant and evacuate to safe locations in the case of disaster.

The DMC also cautioned the public to take every possible precautionary measure to minimise possible damages to life and property.

In case of disaster, those affected can contact the DMC on the hotline number 117 for immediate assistance.

Altogether 35 persons from 19 families have been affected by the prevailing adverse weather conditions.

Accordingly, 14 persons in four families have been affected due to heavy winds in Kalutara and Jaffna districts. Heavy winds and power cuts affected 11 persons from three families in the Ratnapura District while the floods has affected 10 persons from three families in the Puttalam District, the DMC added.

Meanwhile, Meteorology Department yesterday (31), predicted that the prevailing showery and windy conditions over the island are expected to enhance in the next few days beginning today (1).

The Meteorology Department yesterday predicted that showers or thundershowers could occur in Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-western provinces and Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts today. Heavy showers above 100 millimetres can be expected at some places in these areas. Several spells of shower could occur in Anuradhapura district too.

Showers or thundershowers can be expected at some places in Ampara and Batticaloa districts in the evening or night. Strong gusty winds are expected to be from 40 to 50 kmph at times in the Western slope of Central Hill Country, Northern, North Central and North-western provinces and Trincomalee and Hambantota districts.

The public have been cautioned of possible to take adequate precautionary measures to minimise damages caused by temporary localised heavy winds and lightning strikes during thundershowers.

Meanwhile, showers or thundershowers could occur at times in the seas off the coast from Puttalam extending to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle. Wind velocity is expected to be from 30 to 45 kmph from Southwesterly direction surrounding the island of Sri Lanka. Wind velocity is expected to be increased at times from 50 to 60 kmph in the seas off the coast from Puttalam extending to Trincomalee via Mannar and Kankesanturai and from Galle extending to Pottuvil via Matara and Hambantota. Wind velocity is expected to be increased from 50 to 55 kmph in the seas off the coast from Puttalam extending to Galle via Colombo. These seas would remain severely turbulent at times. Other seas surrounding the island would remain turbulent at times.

Temporary strong gusty winds and severely turbulent seas can be expected during the thundershowers. Fishermen and other seafarers have been asked to be vigilant while navigating through these regions.

By Naalir Jamaldeen