Strong winds damage 18 houses


Strong winds damaged 18 houses, impacting 19 families comprising 69 people on Wednesday (6), the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said. However, no new incidents were reported as at 6:00 a.m. yesterday (7), it added.

Meanwhile, the Met Department yesterday warned of strong winds about (40-50) kmph that may be expected at times in the western slopes of the Central hills and in Southern Province today (8). “Several spells of showers will occur in Sabaragamuwa Province and in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy districts. A few showers may occur in Western Province and in Galle and Matara districts,” it said.

In related developments, DMC further said the recent obstructions caused to the A2 Highway (Galle Road near Galle) due to the intrusion of the sea waves which brought debris to the road have now been cleared. Impacted low-lying areas were Samudra Mawatha, Pitiwella, Kahawa, Godagama, Akurala, Kathaluwa and Koggala located in the Galle District and also at various points located from Galle to Habaraduwa along the A2 Highway.

Road clearing was executed by both Army and Navy personnel stationed at the Galle Fort and the Navy’s Southern Command, together with personnel from the Coast Conservation Department, Road Development Authority, Galle Municipality, and the Galle Pradeshiya Sabha, it said. However, Galle Police told Ceylon Today yesterday (7) that this sea intrusion didn’t completely halt the flow of traffic on Galle Road, bordering Galle.

By Paneetha Ameresekere