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Rains claim three, four missing

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Three persons have died and four have disappeared due to the adverse weather conditions prevailing in the country yesterday (2).

Deaths and disappearances were reported from Nuwara-Eliya district. 1,776 families, 7,649 individuals in Jaffna, Nuwara-Eliya, Kandy, Galle and Ratnapura districts were affected by incidents of flood, cutting failure, tree fallen, lightning, high wind, rocks fall and heavy rains. According to the Disaster Management Centre’s (DMC) daily report, 3,049 persons have been moved to safe locations.

Disaster Management Centre Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili stated that Kothmale, Ambagamuwa, Nuwara- Eliya, Rathnapura, Jaffna, Galle, Talawakelle and Kandy areas were drastically affected by the adverse weather conditions.

Kodippili also said that eight people in the Nawalapitiya area who were trapped due to the floods were rescued.

The DMC also said that road blocks were reported from Nuwara-Eliya, Matara and Kandy including Gampola-Kothmale road and Nawalapitiya-Sapugasthalawa road. The public was encouraged to use alternative roots. Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department stated that showery and windy conditions are expected to continue in the western and southern sea areas and in the southwest quarter of the island due to active Southwest Monsoon.

“Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, and North-Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Heavy rainfalls above 100 mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Kalutara, Galle and Matara districts. Several spells of showers may occur in Northern and North -Central provinces.” the Meteorology Department said. The Meteorology Department issuing an advisory for heavy rains and strong winds noted that heavy falls above 100 mm can be expected at some places in aforesaid land areas. “Strong winds about 50 kmph can be expected at times along the western slopes of the Central hills and in the North-central, Western, North-western and Southern provinces,” it noted. The Meteorology Department issued an advisory for strong winds and rough seas which said that active southwest monsoon conditions are expected to be continue further.

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