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Titli moving away, watch out for ‘Luban’

The cyclonic storm “Titli” in the Bay of Bengal which is located 1050 km away from Trincomalee is likely to intensify further and move away from Sri Lanka.This will result in the reduction in the prevailing showery condition in the south western part of the country, the Meteorology Department yesterday said.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Central, Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Heavy rainfall can be expected at some places in Southern and Uva provinces and in Kaluthara and Ratnapura districts, the weather forecast said.

The Natural Hazards Early Warning Center issuing a Heavy Rain, Strong Winds and Rough Seas Advisory said that very heavy showers or thundershowers and very rough seas, very high winds can be expected due to the severe cyclonic-storm ‘Luban’ located 2500 km away from Colombo. Said adverse weather conditions may occur closer to 100km to 200km areas away from the position where Luban is located. According to the warning, the cyclonic-storm is very likely to intensify and move west-northwestwards, away from Sri Lanka. The warning advised against naval and fishing activities in the said area.

The landslide warning is still effective in Kalutara, Galle and Badulla districts. DMC also states that river water levels at many stations are gradually decreasing.

Twelve deaths due to drowning and tree fall have been reported in the Kegalle, Ratnapura, Colombo, Galle and Kalutara.

“The Emergency Operation Center of the DMC has coordinated with Military agencies and Police to mobilize troops for response ac-tions. So far 19 officers, 650 soldiers with response equipment are mobilized in three districts to support ground efforts. Further, 50 officers and 1,275 soldiers are standby for required deployments. Over 1,000 people have been evacuated to safe areas by military troops in Galle and Kalutara Districts. Debris due to flood water has been cleared by response personnel in Biyagama, Palindanuwara, Ingiriya, Wakwella, Agaliya, Walallawita divisional areas,” DMC situation report stated.

Rs 28.45 mn has been allocated to the most affected districts for relief purposes. Rs. 10.5 mn has been allocated for five districts as initial aids of Rs. 10,000 for every affected house.