Showery conditions to continue
BY Paneetha Ameresekere
The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) issued an evacuation advisory to people living in certain divisional secretariat divisions (DSDs) and their surrounding areas at 4.30PM yesterday, as rains in these areas in the past 24 hours have exceeded over 150 mm.
To avoid the possibility of landslides, rock falls and earthslips in the event the rains continue. The Districts are Kalutara, Kegalle, Nuwara-Eliya and Ratnapura Districts and their respective DSDs and surrounding areas to which this advisory is applicable are Kalutara: Matugama, Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala, Ingiriya and Agalawatte.
Kegalle: Kegalle DSD and surrounding areas per se and Derinayagala, Warakapola, Ruwanwella, Galigamuwa, Mawanella, Rambukkana, Bulathkohupitiya, Yatiyantota, Dehiowita and Aranayaka. Nuwara-Eliya: Ambagamuwa and Ratnapura: Eheliyagoda, Kalawana, Ayagama and Kiriella DSDs and their surrounding areas, respectively. Issuing a milder advisory, NBRO advised people living in certain DSDs and their surrounding areas coming under six Districts, ‘to be ready to evacuate,’ as rains in those areas have exceeded 100mm in the past 24 hours and if the rains so continue.
They are, Colombo: Seethawaka and Padukka DSDs and surrounding areas; Galle: Neluwa DSD and surrounding areas; Gampaha: Mirigama, Attanagalla and Gampaha DSDs and surrounding areas and Ratnapura: Ratnapura, Elapatha and Nivithigala and surrounding areas. In a more milder advisory, NBRO advised people living in certain DSDs and surrounding areas in the Galle, Gampaha, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya and Ratnapura Districts to be ‘watchful’ of landslides, rock falls, earthslips and such like, as the rains in those areas, in the past 24 hours, had exceeded 75mm and if such rains continue.
They are, Galle; Elpitiya DSD and surrounding areas; Gampaha: Divulapitiya DSD and surrounding areas; Kandy: Thunpane, Udunuwara and Yatinuwara DSDs and surrounding areas; Matale: Pallepola, Abanganga Korale and Yatawatta DSDs and surrounding areas; Nuwara Eliya: Kotmale DSD and surrounding areas and Ratnapura: Kuruwita and Imbulpe DSDs and surrounding areas, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Irrigation Department at 3.30 pm yesterday said that though the waters of Kuda Ganga had reached major flood level, water levels were however falling. Similarly, the Department said that though water levels of the Kelani, Kalu and Gin Ganga as well as water levels of Attanagalu Oya had reached minor flood levels, their water levels too were falling. In related developments, the Met Department giving their weather forecast up to 4 AM tomorrow (9) said that the temporary enhancement of showery condition over the Southwestern part of the island is likely during next two days (8 and 9).
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 75 mm can be expected at some places. Several spells of showers will occur in the Mannar District. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in the Uva and Eastern provinces during the evening or night. Temporary localised strong winds and lightning will accompany thundershowers, it said.