Adverse weather claims lives of two people, causes swollen rivers, flooding and threats of landslides in Sri Lanka #SevereWeather #Flooding #Landslides #SriLanka

Severe Weather Alert

Heavy rains accompanied by high winds battered eight districts of Sri Lanka since Friday bringing flash floods that claimed the lives of two people in Kegalle district.

The Disaster management Center said 2,668 people were affected by the heavy rain and floods and one person in Kegalle died of slope cutting failure and the other in Galigamuwa drowned.

The Disaster Management Center says water levels of many rivers in the island have reached to spill level due to heavy rain.

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) meanwhile, has issued landslide risk warnings for the districts of Galle, Matara, Matale, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Kegalle, Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunegala and Kandy.

People living in landslide hazard zones in the Divisional Secretariat Divisions of Baddegama, Galle district, Pelmadulla, Ratnapura, Elapatha, Nivithigala, Kalawana and Kiriella in Ratnapura District, Polgahawala and Mawathagama, Kurunegala District, Bulathkohupitiya, Warakapola, Rambukkana, Galigamuwa, Kegalle, Kegalle district and Ambangagakoralaya in the Nuwara Eliya District, where the rainfall exceeded 100 mm in the past 24 hours, have been landslide hazardous warnings requesting to evacuate to safe areas in case of further rain.

The NBRO has warned that landslides, block collapses and rock fall would occur in areas where rainfall exceeded 75 mm during the past twenty four hours.

The Disaster Management Center urged the public living in flood-prone areas to take measures to safeguard the lives and property and evacuate before floods occur, especially because it is necessary to follow the instructions given by the Ministry of Health due to the existing COVID-19 epidemic threat.

The Disaster Management Center also urges the public to take action to ensure that school children’s books and stationery are kept safe from flooding and to constantly alert the public on the hazardous conditions that may occur.

The people living in low lying areas closed to basins of Mee Oya, Deduru Oya, Attanagalu Oya, Kelani, Kalu, Bentara, Gin and Nilwala rivers, Kirama Oya and Uruboku Oya have been advised to be vigilant on the rising water levels.

Meanwhile, power supply in many areas in the Kegalle, Kurunegala, Galle, Matara and Ratnapura districts has been disrupted due to gale force winds. Many power lines and utility posts have been snapped by the wind. About 45,000 persons have been affected due to power failure.

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