ECONOMYNEXT – Three deaths have been reported due to prevailing weather conditions in Sri Lanka with the onset of the southwest monsoon. Heavy rains are expected to continue in the western, southern and southwestern provinces of the country, officials from the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.
Due to heavy rains in recent days, DMC said, disaster situations were reported in Rathuwala, Nuwara Eliya, Jaffna, Galle and Kandy regions, with three deaths reported in Nuwara Eliya district. .
Several families have been displaced due to flood and landslide warnings in these areas.
DMC Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili said so far 25 property damages have been reported as assessments continue.
Kodippili said that due to heavy rains, several roads in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Matara districts were closed and the public was advised to take alternative routes.
According to the Department of Meteorology, in the 24 hours till 8:30 am on Tuesday 02 August, Sri Palabadda, Kudawa, Dikoyawatte, Gilliemale and Derangala in Ratnapura, Matara and Nuwara Eliya districts recorded over 100mm of rainfall.
The Irrigation Department’s Hydrology and Disaster Management Center said on Tuesday morning that minor flooding was seen in Thalgahagoda, Panadugama and Ratnapura areas due to rising waters in the Kalu and Nilwala rivers.
Kodippili said water levels in several rivers are rising due to continuous rains.
“The dam gates of Lakshapana, Kukule ganga, Canyon and Polgoda reservoirs have been opened. Residents of low-lying areas should be alert to possible flooding situations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology has issued red notices for the naval and fishing communities as heavy rains from the southwest monsoon are expected to continue.
“From Puttalam to Colombo, Galle and Hambantota via Potuvil, wind speeds can increase up to 70 kilometers per hour and seas can be extremely rough,” the Met Department said.
The department said the shallow sea areas from Puttalam to Mannar via Kankesanthurai can be choppy from time to time with wind speeds increasing up to 60 kilometers per hour..
With the prevailing rains expected to continue, the Met Department said, naval communities are advised not to venture into the sea areas from Puttalam to Colombo, Galle and Hambantota via Pottuvil until further notice.
In the interior regions, heavy rains can be expected in the West, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North and North West provinces exceeding 100 mm and winds exceeding 50 kilometers per hour can also be expected, a- he added.
The authorities ask the public to be vigilant in the face of possible natural disasters and to contact 117 for any emergency. (Colombo/02/08/2022)