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Stormy weather leaves one dead, four injured


Stormy weather that raged across the country had killed one person and left four injured, Disaster Management Centre officials said yesterday.

Assistant Director, Pradeep Kodippili, told The Island that over 3,000 persons of 326 families countrywide had been affected by heavy rains and stormy winds which had caused earth bunds to collapse.

Around 90 houses were damaged and 15 others destroyed by the gale force winds that swept across the Batticaloa District yesterday. Around 500 persons had been affected in the district, Kodippili said, adding that stormy weather damaged around 20 houses in the Amapara District and 93 persons had been left homeless.

Continued rains experienced over Central highlands caused the Hatton Oya, Keselgamu Oya and Devon Canal to overflow, displacing 1,428 persons of 450 families in Ambagamuwa and Nuwara Eliya Divisional Secretariat areas, according to Nuwara Eliya DS DPG Kumarasiri.

Kodippili said the displaced persons had been housed temporarily in five welfare camps set up at Watawala, Kotagala, Ambagamuwa, Rosella and Baganawathalawa. Action had been taken to provide them with cooked food.

Sluice gates of Laxapana, New Laxapana, Canyon, Wimlasurendre and Polpitiya hydro-power plants had been opened as they had reached spill levels on Sunday evening, engineers said. Kotmale reservoir sluice gates were opened yesterday.

There were earth slips on the Hatton- Colombo, Hatton-Nuwara Eliya, Ginigathhena-Norton Bridge and Norton Bridge-Hatton roads, disrupting vehicular traffic. Action had been taken to clear the debris from the roads and to restore normal transport services, officials said.

Canyon received 352 mm of rain on Sunday evening, according to CEB sources.

Around 2,200 persons of 616 families, in Deraniyagala, Kegalle, Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala, Molkawa, Panadura, Kalutara, Kesbewa, Maharagama, Ratmalana and Moratuwa and Gampola have been affected by heavy rains and stormy winds, according to DMC sources.

~ ~ By Thushari Kalubowila


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