Strong winds to accompany showers

Strong winds to accompany showers

The Department of Meteorology says the South-west monsoon condition has been established over the country and has warned the general public of temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

The Met Department also predicts showers or thundershowers in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces.

Fairly heavy falls above 50mm can also be expected at some places especially in the Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.

According to the Met Department, heavy pre-monsoon rains in Sri Lanka continued from the 20th of May and affected 19 districts in the country.

It said the prevailing showery condition may reduce in next 24-hours in the South-western and North-western regions of the country.

As a result of heavy rains, 166,228 people belonging to 43,604 families have been affected.

According to the National Disaster Relief Services Centre at present approximately 19,519 families have been evacuated to 339 welfare centres due to floods and risk of landslides in 08 Districts.

23 casualties including four in the Gampaha district have also been reported while one person remains missing with 13 others injured.

The National Disaster Relief Services Centre in a statement said it had disbursed 43.35 million cash allocations to the 12 District Secretaries to address the immediate needs of the affected population.

Deputy Director and Media Spokesperson of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Koddippili said the Ministry has commenced estimating property damages caused by adverse weather in the island.

Meanwhile, The Ministry of Power and Energy says the daily power demand has seen a considerable decrease owing to prevalent rains.

Media Director of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardena said the daily electricity demand is 36giga watt hours.

Sulakshana Jayawardena added the water level of the 6 main reservoirs used for hydro power generation has increased to 81%.

The Ministry of Education says all schools in the Gampaha Educational zone will remain closed today due to adverse weather conditions.

A Ministry spokesperson said due to severe flooding and continuous rain fall in the region, Subject Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed to close all schools in the Gampaha Educational zone.

Accordingly schools in the Gampaha Educational zone will recommence on Wednesday.

Meanwhile the Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the government will distribute school textbooks and other materials to students whose textbook were destroyed during floods.

Speaking during a programme to provide compensation to those affected by the floods in Kuliyapitiya the Minister said measures will also be taken to provide exercise books if necessary.

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