Heavy showers expected today around the island
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By Buddhika Samaraweera The Meteorology Department has warned of heavy showers above 100 mm at some places in the North Central, North Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, and Western Provinces, and in the Galle and Matara Districts, today (1). In the weather forecast issued for today, the Department also stated that fairly heavy showers above 50 mm can be expected at some places in other parts of the country, while showers or thundershowers will occur at times in most parts of the island. Further warning of temporarily localised strong winds and lightning during thunderstorms, the Department has requested the general public to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by such. Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department has stated that the current low-pressure condition in the vicinity of Sri Lanka is affecting the weather over sea areas around the island. “Showery and windy conditions are further expected over the sea areas around the island,” it noted. In addition, the winds will be north-westerly to westerly in the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle, and winds will be easterly to north-easterly or variable in direction in the other sea areas around the island. The wind speed will be 15-30 kmph in the sea areas around the island. “Wind speed can be increased up to 50-55 kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kankesanturai to Pottuvil via Puttalam, Colombo, Galle, and Hambantota. The sea areas extending from Kankesanturai to Pottuvil via Puttalam, Colombo, Galle, and Hambantota will be rough at times and the naval and fishing communities are requested to be vigilant in this regard.” Meanwhile, a total of 5,119 persons belonging to 1,273 families have been affected by natural disasters such as heavy rains, landslides and lightning in the Uva, North Western, Northern, Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces from 25 October to 6 a.m. yesterday (31 October), according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Among them are 1,912 persons belonging to 477 families in the Badulla District, 2,664 persons belonging to 646 families in the Puttalam District, five persons belonging to two families in the Mullaitivu District, 45 persons belonging to 10 families in the Jaffna District, 445 persons belonging to 125 families in the Nuwara Eliya District, 20 persons belonging to six families in the Kandy District, and 28 persons belonging to seven families in the Ratnapura District. Two deaths, two injuries, three total property damages, and 334 partial property damages have been reported due to the inclement weather during said period.