Minor flood warning in several areas – DMC

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Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations of the Disaster Management Centre, Janaka Handunpathiraja said along with the prevailing inclement weather conditions, there are possibilities for minor floods in the low-lying areas of Gin Ganga Valley in Welivita, Divithura, Baddegama, Kotapola, Hikkaduwa, Niyagama, Neluwa, Tawalama, Akmeemana, Nagoda, Alpitiya, Bope-Poddala, and Galle Four Gravets Divisional Secretariat Division within the next 24 hours.

He said fairly heavy showers had occurred in the upstream catchment areas of Gin Ganga Basin. Residents and motorists have been asked to be more vigilant. 

The water level of Kelani Ganga in Kitulgala and Deraniyagala was receding. The water level of Kalu Ganga in Ratnapura and Kalawellawa (Millakanda) was rising and the water level of Mahaweli Ganga in Nawalapitiya is rising, Handunpathiraja added.  

The Meteorology Department yesterday (3) said showers or thundershowers can be expected at several areas in the next few days, beginning today (4).

Meteorologist Buddika Banduratne yesterday said showers can be expected at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western provinces and Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, and Matara districts.

Banduratne further said fairly heavy showers above 50 millimetres could occur at some places in Sabaragamuwa Province as well as Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, and Matara districts.

He said showers or thundershowers can be expected at several places in Uva and Eastern provinces in the evening or night.

Winds of 50 to 60 kilometres per hour (kmph) are expected at times in Southern and North-Western provinces as well as in the western slopes of the Central Hill Country.  

By Naalir Jamaldeen