Deduru Oya spill gates opened, people in low-lying areas urged to evacuate

The Department of Irrigation today issued an ‘Amber’ alert for a considerable flood situation in the low-lying areas of Deduru Oya River Basin as the reservoir’s spilling discharge is expected to be increased with the heavy rainfall.

The reservoir, maintained by the Irrigation Department, is now spilling with a discharge rate of 27,800 cubic feet /sec currently, according to Director of Irrigation (Hydrology) Eng. S.P.C. Sugeeshwara.

As per the warning issued for Deduru Oya River Basin at 9.00 a.m. this morning, considerable flood situation is possible in low-lying areas of Deduru Oya valley located in Wariyapola, Nikaweratiya, Mahawa, Kobeigane, Bingiriya, Pallama, Chilaw, Arachchikattuwa and Rasnayakapura Divisional Secretariat divisions.

The residents in the area and motorists are requested to pay high attention to future weather advisories.

The disaster management authorities and district/ divisional administrative officers have been requested to take necessary precautions in this regard.

Meanwhile, the Kurunegala District Secretariat stated that the main road to Anuradhapura via Padeniya and Kurunegala is inundated after 08 spill gates of Deduru Oya were opened.

The motorists are urged to use alternative routes as the Puttalam-Nikaweratiya road near the Nikaweratiya Bridge is also about to be flooded.

The residents of Bingiriya, Rasnayakapura, Nikaweratiya and Kobeigane Divisional Secretariat divisions have been advised to evacuate to safe locations.