The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) issued landslide warnings for seven districts due to the continuous rain over the island. Accordingly, Matara, Nuwara-Eliya, Ratnapura, Galle, Hambantota, Kandy, and Kegalle districts have been issued warnings.
NBRO reported that the seven districts have experienced more than 75mm of rain during the past 24 hours. The organisation urged residents in the said districts to remain wary of earth slips, rock falls and cave-ins.
NBRO yesterday (1) said that with the prevailing adverse weather conditions, level one yellow watch landslide warning alerts have been issued to six districts and that the alerts will valid until the next notice.
Accordingly Galle, Hambantota, Kandy, Kegalle, Matara, Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura districts have been issued yellow alerts.
Level one yellow watch landslide warning alerts have been issued to Nagoda Divisional Secretariat (DS) Division in the Galle District, Walasmulla DS Division in the Hambantota District, Pasbage Korale DS Division in the Kandy District, Aranayaka, Yatiyantota and Dehiowita in the Kegalle District, Mulatiyana and Athuraliya DS divisions in the Kandy District, Ambagamuwa DS Division in the Nuwara Eliya District and Elapatha, Kalawana, Imbulpe, Kuruwita, Nivithigala and Eheliyagoda DS divisions in the Ratnapura District.
Meanwhile Director General of Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Pradeep Kodippili yesterday said that the Department of Irrigation has warned that the water level of some rivers are gradually increasing with the inclement weather.
Kodippili said that the water level of Kelani River had risen to a significant level at the Kithulgala area. As heavy showers occur in the catchment areas of Nilwala River, the Irrigation Department has cautioned people residing in Pasgoda, Watakapola, Pitabeddara, Akuressa, Malimbada, Thihagoda, Athuraliya, Thihagoda, Matara, Kamburupitiya, Mulatiyana and Devinuwara areas to be vigilant and be prepared to evacuate in case the river’s water levels increase.
The DMC is monitoring the situation closely and the DMC District offices as well as Police and Security Forces are on alert to carryout relief missions in case the situation becomes worse.
Meanwhile the Meteorology Department yesterday (1) predicted that along with the strengthening of Southwest monsoon showery and windy conditions are likely to enhance in the Western and Southern seas and over the South part of the country beginning from today (2).
Showers or thundershowers could occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and Western provinces and Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle and Matara districts. Heavy showers above 100mm can be expected at some places of aforesaid areas.
Showers or thundershowers could occur at several places in Uva Province and Ampara District during the afternoon or night. Strong gusty winds above 50 kmph can be expected at times along the Western slopes of Central Hill Country and Southern and Western provinces.
General public has been asked to take precautionary measures to minimise damages caused by temporary localised heavy winds and lightning strikes.
Meanwhile, showery and windy conditions are likely to enhance in Western and Southern seas during the next few days beginning today. Showers or thundershowers could occur at time in the seas off the coast from Puttalam extending to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle. Scattered showers or thundershowers can be expected other seas surrounding the island.
Wind velocity is expected to be from 30 to 40 kmph from Westerly to South-Westerly direction in the seas surrounding the island. Wind velocity can increase up to 60 to 70 kmph in the seas off the coast from Beruwela extending to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota. Wind speed can increase up to from 50 to 60 kmph in the seas off the coast from Puttalam extending to Beruwela via Colombo. Wind velocity can increase up to 50 kmph in the seas off the coast from Puttalam extending to Kankesanturai via Mannar.
The seas off the coast from Beruwela extending to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota will remain severely turbulent at times. The seas off the coast from Puttalam extending to Beruwela will remain turbulent at times and the seas off the coast from Puttalam extending Kankesanthurai would remain fairly turbulent at times.
Swell waves can increase from 2.5m to 3.5m in the seas off the coast from Bedruwela extending to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota. The fishermen and other seafarers have been advised to refrain from navigating via aforesaid region until the next notice.
By Naalir Jamaldeen