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08 Oct 2018 | 10:01 AM UTC

Sri Lanka: Nationwide rain and thunderstorm warnings until October 10

Sri Lanka News Alert

Authorities warn of heavy rain and thunderstorms to last until at least October 10 nationwide

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/8/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/11/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Colombo). COUNTRY/REGION Sri Lanka

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Event

The Department of Meteorology has issued a Special Advisory on Monday, October 8, for ongoing heavy rain and thunderstorms caused by a low-pressure system. These adverse weather conditions are expected to last until at least October 10. Heavy rainfall between 10 to 15 cm (4-6 in) is forecast nationwide and is expected to cause flooding, landslides, damage to road infrastructure, and power cuts. The southern and western parts of the country are expected to be hit hardest. 

Local reports indicate that at least eight people were killed October 6-7 in storm-related incidents in Kalutara (Western province) and Galle (Southern province).

Context

Sri Lanka is usually affected by two monsoon seasons, one running from March to May and the second from October to November. Severe monsoon storms hit the country in May, leaving 12 killed and over 40,000 displaced.

Advice

Individuals present in Sri Lanka are advised to follow instructions issued by local authorities, particularly evacuation orders, and to keep abreast of weather forecasts. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

 

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