7 DSDs put on weather alert, showers to continue
By Paneetha Ameresekere
The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) at 4.30 p.m. yesterday (9) said Godakawela and Balangoda Divisional Secretariat Divisions (DSDs) and surrounding areas in the Ratnapura District were added to the landslide risk areas, thereby increasing the number to cover 47 DSDs scattered over nine Districts, including Colombo.
They include 21 ‘red’ alert DSDs and their surrounding areas encompassing the Kegalle, Derinayagala, Warakapola, Ruwanwella, Galigamuwa, Mawanella, Rambukkana, Bulathkohupitiya, Yatiyantota, Dehiowita and Aranayaka DSDs in the the Kegalle District; Ambagamuwa (Nuwara-Eliya); Eheliyagoda, Kalawana, Ayagama and Kiriella(Ratnapura) DSDs and surrounding areas and Matugama, Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala, Ingiriya and Agalawatte DSDs and surrounding areas in the Kalutara District respectively. In their advisory, NBRO said that as rains in the aforesaid areas in the past 24 hours have exceeded over 150 mm, to avoid the possibility of landslides, rock falls and earth slips and such like, if the rains do continue, to evacuate to safe locations.
Issuing a milder advisory (‘amber’ alert), NBRO advised people living in the Seethawaka and Padukka DSDs and surrounding areas in the Colombo District; Neluwa DSD and surrounding areas (Galle); Mirigama, Attanagalla and Gampaha DSDs and surrounding areas (Gampaha District); Godakawala, Balangoda Ratnapura, Elapatha and Nivithigala DSDs and surrounding areas (Ratnapura); Wallalawita; Horana DSDs and surrounding areas in the Kalutara District and Pasbage Korale (Kandy) , ‘to be ready to evacuate’ as rains in those areas have exceeded 100mm in the past 24 hours and if the rains so continue.
NBRO issuing an even milder advisory (‘yellow’ alert) said, to be ‘watchful’ of landslides, rock falls, earthslips and such like in the Elpitiya DSD and surrounding areas (Galle District); Divulapitiya DSD and surrounding areas (Gampaha); Thunpane, Udunuwara and Yatinuwara DSDs and surrounding areas (Kandy); Kotmale DSD and surrounding areas (Nuwara Eliya) and Kuruwita and Imbulpe DSDs and surrounding areas (Ratnapura) and at Pallepola, Aban Ganga Korale and Yatawatta DSDs and surrounding areas in the Matale District respectively; as the rains in those areas in the past 24 hours had exceeded 75mm and if such rains do continue.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department in its weather forecast up to 4.00 a.m. tomorrow (11) said that showers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western provinces and in the Galle, Matara, Nuwara-Eliya and Kandy Districts. Fairly heavy falls above 50mm can be expected at some places in the Sabaragamuwa Province and in the Nuwara-Eliya District.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in the Uva Province during the evening or night. Wind speed can increase up to 30-40 kmph at times in western slope of the central hills, Northern, NorthCentral and North-Western provinces and in the Hambantota and Trincomalee Districts. Temporary localised strong winds and lightning during thunderstorms will occur.