Irrigation Department Colombo Additional withdraws Flood Warning

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 12:10 AM Jun 11 2021

With the seeming abatement of rains, the Irrigation Department withdrew its flood warning yesterday (10). The number of families impacted by floods, rains, strong winds, landslides reduced to nine comprising 30 people yesterday and were all from the Ratnapura District, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said. 

However, the number of houses destroyed comprised nine yesterday, up from a figure of zero on Wednesday (10) and the number of damaged houses increased to 25 yesterday, from a figure of seven on Wednesday. All the nine houses destroyed were reported from the Ratnapura District, while the damaged houses were from: Ratnapura (eight), Colombo (seven), Gampaha (six), Kalutara (two) and Kegalle and Puttalam (one each). 

Meanwhile, as at yesterday, the number of families displaced comprised 611 consisting of 2,470 people compared to a higher figure of 1,629 families comprising 5,998 people on Wednesday. No deaths, missing or injured persons were reported in the two days to yesterday. 

Accordingly the number of displaced were from: Ratnapura District: 265 families comprising 1,006 persons; Colombo District: 118 families comprising 533 persons; Gampaha: 109 families comprising 420 people; Kegalle: 63 families comprising 266 people; Puttalam: 37 families comprising 175 people and Kalutara: 19 families comprising 50 people respectively. 

National Building Research Organization (NBRO) yesterday issued a ‘red landslide notice’ only to the Warakapola Divisional Secretariat (DS) and surrounding areas compared to 21 ‘red’ alert issued to DSs on Wednesday. 

However, its’ ‘amber’ alert notice increased its coverage from 14 to 18 DSs and their surrounding areas yesterday. They were Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala and Ingiriya DS and surrounding areas in the Kalutara District; Dehiowita, Yatiyantota, Kegalle, Rambukkana, Aranayaka, Bulathkohupitiya, Derinayagala, Ruwanwella, Galigamuwa and Mawanella DS and surrounding areas in the Kegalle District and Kuruwita, Eheliyagoda, Kalawana, Ayagama and Kiriella DS and surrounding areas in the Ratnapura District, respectively.

 It also increased its’ ‘yellow’ alert notice from 11 to 13 DSs and their surrounding areas yesterday. They were Seethawaka and Padukka DS and surrounding areas in the Colombo District; Neluwa DS and surrounding areas in the Galle District; Agalawatte and Matugama DS and surrounding areas in the Kalutara District; Pasbage Korale DS and surrounding areas in the Kandy District; Ambagamuwa in the Nuwara-Eliya District; Imbulpe, Balangoda, Ratnapura, Elapatha, Nivithigala and Godakawela in the Ratnapura District, respectively. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department said that showers will occur at times in the Sabaragamuwa Province and in the Nuwara-Eliya and Kandy Districts. Fairly heavy rainfall above 50 mm can be expected at some places in these areas.

 Several spells of showers will occur in the Western and North-Western provinces and in the Galle and Matara Districts. Wind speed will be 30-40 kmph in the western slope of the central hills, Northern, NorthCentral and North-Western provinces and in the Hambantota and Trincomalee Districts. Wind speed can increase up to 50 kmph at times in these areas, it said.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 12:10 AM Jun 11 2021

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