Inclement weather affects 10,885 persons

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The prevailing inclement weather has affected 10,885 persons from 2,729 families in 55 Divisional Secretariat (DS) across the country, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) sources said yesterday (07).

Nearly 88 persons from 23 families in the Pannala and Alawwa DS divisions in the Kurunegala District and Dankotuwa DS Division in the Puttalam District were affected by floods and housed in six safe centres, DMC sources said.  

The Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Gampaha, Colombo, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya districts were among them, according to DMC sources.

Theyattributed the disaster to floods accompanied by heavy rains, falling of trees and landslides.

“The highest number of 2,226 persons from 588 families had been affected in the Kegalle District due to floods while 831 persons from 230 families in the Dehiowita DS Division were affected by floods, 907 from 232 families were affected in the Ruwanwella DS Division and 41 persons from 10 families faced landslide risk”, they said.

Three houses were completely damaged while 230 houses had been partially damaged in Deraniyagala and Ruwanwella DS divisions in the Kegalle District respectively.

Meanwhile, Irrigation Director Eng. S. P. C.Sugeeshwara said water levels of the Kalu Ganga in thePutupaula area and water levels in its tributary, the Kuda Ganga were rising.

People living in the low lying areas and river basins have been advised to be vigilant of possible upsurge of water levels at any moment and be prepared to move to safe places in case water levels rise, Sugeeshwara added.

By Naalir Jamaldeen