30 DS divisions at risk of landslides – NBRO

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Senior Scientist of Landslide and Risk Management Division of National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) Dr. K.P.G. Wasantha Senadeera yesterday (1) said that along with the prevailing inclement weather conditions 30 Divisional Secretariat divisions in seven districts are under landslide threat.

The districts of Kalutara, Ratnapura, Galle, Kegalle, Colombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are among them and these landslide early warning alerts will be valid until the next notice.

Due to rainfall in the particular areas and signs of landslide, Level-1 Yellow, Level-2 Amber and Level-3 Red (watch) early landslide warning alerts have been issued to those districts.

Accordingly, Red (watch) alerts have been issued to Palindanuwara DS Division and surrounding areas in the Kalutara District and Kuruwita, Elapatha and Ratnapura DS Divisions and surrounding areas in the Ratnapura District.

Amber (watch) alerts issued to Baddegama, Yakkalamulla and Nagoda DS Divisions and the surrounding areas in the Galle District, Bulathsinhala, Walallawita and Ingiriya DS Divisions and the surrounding areas in the Kalutara District, Bulathkohupitiya and Ruwanwella DS Divisions and the surrounding areas in the Kegalle District and Eheliyagoda, Ayagama, Kahawatta and Kalawana DS Divisions and the surrounding areas in the Ratnapura District.

Yellow (watch) alerts have been issued to Padukka and Seethawaka DS Divisions and the surrounding areas in the Colombo District, Horana, Matugama, Agalawatta and Dodangoda DS Divisions and the surrounding areas in the Kalutara District, Udadumbara DS Division in the Kandy District, Yatiyantota, Dehiowita and Deraniyagala DS Divisions and the surrounding areas in the Kegalle District, Ambanganga Korale and surrounding areas in the Matale District, Ambagamuwa DS Division and the surrounding areas Nuwara Eliya District and Pelmadulla, Kiriella and Nivithigala DS Divisions and the surrounding areas in the Ratnapura District.

The people living in hilly areas experiencing heavy showers have been asked to be more cautious of possible landslides and subsidence. The public have been advised to move to safer places with immediate effect after informing relevant authorities including the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in case they find any landslide signs such as the development of cracks on the ground, land subsidence, slanting of trees, electric and telephone posts, fences, sudden cracks on the wall of buildings as well as on the floor, emergence of sudden springs from the highlands and emergence of muddy water. 

Meanwhile Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations Janaka Handunpathiraja yesterday said, as a result, prevailing adverse weather conditions 222 persons from 55 families had been affected Ratnapura, Kegalle, Moneragala, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and Puttalam Districts.

Majority of them had been affected by heavy winds except for 21 persons from 6 families affected by lightning, Handunpathiraja added.

By Naalir Jamaldeen