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Flood relief to continue despite floods receding

By Buddhika Samaraweera

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) stated that although the recent floods in many parts of the country are currently receding, the mechanism to provide relief to the people affected by the adverse weather conditions will continue to function.

According to data from the DMC last evening (14), about 90% of the overflowing reservoirs and rivers have now been restored. Therefore, the Department of Irrigation is working to gradually close the sluice gates of the reservoirs that were overflowing due to heavy rains, the DMC added.

As of 5.30 p.m. yesterday, the DMC stated that a total of 230,640 persons belonging to 65,704 families in 17 districts and 150 divisional secretariat (DS) divisions were affected by the adverse weather conditions in the past few days.

At least 26 people have been killed and seven others injured in heavy rains, landslides, strong winds, floods, and lightning strikes. Furthermore, several property damages have also been reported, including 49 total property damages and 1,574 partial damages.

The DMC also stated that 1,347 persons belonging to 42 families who were affected by the adverse weather conditions were staying at 34 safety centres, while another 25,839 persons belonging to 7,074 families were staying at relatives’ houses.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology yesterday announced that showers would occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North Western, and Northern Provinces and in the Galle and Matara Districts today (15). It further stated that few showers are likely in the Anuradhapura District.

“Showers or thundershowers may occur at several places in the Uva Province and in the Ampara and Batticaloa Districts during the afternoon or night. Fairly heavy showers of about 75 mm can be expected at some places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, and North Western Provinces and in the Galle and Matara Districts,” it added.

The Department has also warned of strong winds of up to 40-50 kmph over the island.

It further stated: “A low-pressure area has formed over south Andaman Sea and it is likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a depression over north Andaman Sea by today. Then, it is likely to continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further, and reach near the Andhra Pradesh coast around 18 November. Therefore, the naval and fishing communities operating in the deep sea areas (east of the island) are advised to be attentive in this regard.”

In addition, the Department also stated that showers or thundershowers would occur at times in the sea areas extending from Kankesanturai to Galle via Mannar, Puttalam, and Colombo, while showers or thundershowers would occur at a few places in the other sea areas around the island.

“Winds will be south-westerly or westerly and speed will be 40-5 kmph in the sea areas around the island. It can increase up to 55-60 kmph at times in the sea areas extending from Kankesanturai to Hambantota via Mannar, Colombo, and Galle. The sea areas extending from Kankesanturai to Hambantota via Mannar, Colombo, and Galle will be rough at times and other sea areas will be fairly rough at times. Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers,” it was further noted.