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24 Sep 2019 | 06:30 AM UTC

Sri Lanka: Severe weather forecast nationwide September 24-25

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Heavy rains cause flooding in Colombo as severe weather hits large areas of Sri Lanka on September 24; further rain and strong winds forecast through September 25

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/26/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Colombo). COUNTRY/REGION Sri Lanka


Severe weather, including heavy rains and strong winds, continue to effect multiple parts of Sri Lanka as of Tuesday, September 24. Officials issued flood warnings for low-lying areas around the Nilwala, Kalu Ganga, and Gin Ganag rivers in southern Sri Lanka on Monday, September 23. Flooding in Galle and Matara districts on Monday left at least one person dead and over 150 homes damaged. On Tuesday, roads in Colombo were inundated by heavy rain, causing significant traffic disruptions. Officials have also temporarily suspended electricity to over 8000 customers in Matara and Galle as a safety precaution due to the current weather conditions.

Rainfall totals of up to 20 cm (8 in) are forecast for Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, and Central provinces on September 24, and up to 10 cm (4 in) in North-Western, Northern, Uva, and Eastern provinces. Strong winds, with gusts up to 70-80 kph (43-50 mph), are possible in southern regions, particularly along the coast. Severe weather conditions are expected to continue across the country through Wednesday, September 25. Further flooding and transportation and power disruptions are possible in the coming hours and days.


Individuals in Sri Lanka are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.


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