flood in sri lanka

Floods across the Island

Floods have been witnessed around the Island as heavy rainfall continues within the Kelani, Nilwala and Gin river basins, the Department of Irrigation said.

The department warned that there is a possibility of floods occuring in lowline areas of Kuda Ganga and Maguru Ganga valleys situated in Bulathsinhala, Madurawala and Palinda Nuwara D/S Divisions.

Areas such as Dehiovita, Ruwanwella, Seethawaka, Dompe, Homagama, Kaduwela, Biyagama, Kolonnawa, and Wattala D/S Divisions of the Kalu River are at high risk.

Additionally, there is a possibility of a heavy flood occurring in low-lying areas of the Gin Ganga valley situated in Neluwa, Thawalama, Nagoda, Niyagama, Welivitiya-Divithura, Elpitiya, Akmeemana, Baddegama, and Bope-Poddala D/S Divisions.

Furthermore, low-lying areas of the Nilwala River valley situated in Pasgoda, Kotapola, Pitabeddara, Akuressa, Athuraliya, Malimbada, Thihagoda, Kamburupitiya, Matara, and Devinuwara D/S Divisions are at risk of experiencing flood situations.

Residents in these regions are urged to remain vigilant and exercise caution, while drivers traversing through these areas are advised to be especially mindful of the conditions.

The Irrigation Department said that authorities responsible for disaster management are called upon to implement necessary precautions and preparedness measures in anticipation of potential flooding.

Meanwhile, 10 Navy flood relief teams have been deployed to the affected areas of Bulathsinhala, Puwakpitiya, Palindanuwara, Welipanna in the Kaluthara district, Thavalama in the Galle district and Akurassa and Panadugama in the Matara district providing essential relief to the impacted communities.

In addition, 116 Navy relief teams, including units from the Rapid Action Boat Squadron, Special Boat Squadron, and Navy Marines, are on standby. They are prepared to be deployed immediately to assist the public in the event of flooding.