Yellow alert valid till further notice – NBRO

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Level one yellow landslide early warning alerts issued to 11 Divisional Secretariat (DS) divisions in five districts across the country is still effective until further notice, the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) said yesterday (8).

The districts are Hambantota, Kegalle, Matara, Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura.

The level one yellow landslide early warning alerts issued to Walasmulla DS division in the Hambantota District, Yatiyantota and Aranayaka DS divisions in the Kegalle District, Ambagamuwa and Kotmale DS divisions in the Nuwara Eliya District and Nivithigala, Kalawana, Kuruwita, Imbulpe and Kahawatta DS divisions in the Ratnapura District will be valid until the next notice, NBRO added.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported that vehicular transport along the Mathugama Kalawana was disrupted yesterday (8) after a boulder fell on the road near SamanDeyalaya.

The road was only open to one-way traffic following the incident and motorists complained that there are delays removing the boulder.

Nallathanni Police Station in Hatton said that vehicular and pedestrian movement along MaskeliyaNallathanni road was temporarily suspended yesterday after a huge crack was reported near Valaimalai estate.

The Police went on to say that a four inch-wide crack of more than 100 metre in length had appeared on the road. After the incident was reported to the District Secretary, a transport ban was imposed from Maskeliya to Nallathanniin the Nuwara Eliya District until the NBRO and DMC complete their assessments, the NallathanniPolice said.

Motorists have been asked to use alternative roads until the next notice, Police added.

Meanwhile the Railway Department said that train services between Nawalapitiya and NanuOya,which had been disrupted by landslides due to inclement weather conditions, will return to normal from today (9).

The Department further stated that rocks and embankments had collapsed in several places on the railway lines and that repairsare now nearing completion.

By Naalir Jamaldeen