Three dead, more than 55,000 people affected

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Due to bad weather, three people have died so far, according to the Disaster Management Center (DMC).

During this time, 55,435 people in total from 13,902 families have been affected.

Speaking on the current situation, the Director of Irrigation (Hydrology) Eng. SPC Sugeeshwara said the risk of minor flooding in low lying areas of Kuda Ganga and Maguru Ganga – two tributaries of Kalu River, Attanagalu Oya, Ururwal Oya, Kelani River persists.

The risk of minor flooding in these areas is expected to increase if the rains continue, he added.

According to the Department of Meteorology, the current heavy rains are expected to continue, due to the influence of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ – the region where the wind from the northern hemisphere and the wind from the southern hemisphere converge) located close to the island.

In a weather advisory issued tonight, the Department of Meteorology said showers or thunderstorms can be expected at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western provinces and Galle and Matara.

Meanwhile, heavy rains above 100mm are possible in parts of Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.

Showers or thunderstorms will occur elsewhere on the island during the afternoon or night. Fairly heavy showers above 75 mm can be expected in some places.

The Department of Meteorology has urged the general public to take proper precautions to minimize damage from high winds and temporary localized lightning during thunderstorms.

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