Gale winds experienced on Wednesday (August 15th) caused serious damages to houses and property across several areas in the island.07 Grama Seva divisions including Algama and Udgama in the Virambugedara Divisional Secretariat area in Kurunegala were the worst affected due to the gale force winds. It is reported that!87 houses were seriously damaged by the strong winds. The Ditraster Management Center announced that winds were spared to Kandy, Batticaloa and Jaffna distrcts also. Gale winds were experienced in the Hevahinna area in Eheliyagoda resulted in serious damages to more than 40 houses.Several houses in lower Maskeliya were damaged following the collapse of earth embankments. As a result of this 06 families living in the lower Maskeliya area were evacuated to safety.Meanwhile some damages were report this morning from Colombo Bambalapitiya area due to stong wnds.
The Cabinet has previously decided to appoint an Officials' Committee to recommend a more appropriate mechanism to be adopted in order to provide facilities for the Temples and Dhamma Schools throughout the country, for upgrading their facilities, in a more formal and consistent manner.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Monday inaugurated the Greater Kurunegala Water Supply and Sewerage Project that will benefit over 70,000 people in the greater Kurunegala area. The project constructed by the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) in collaboration with National Water Supply and Drainage Board is expected to solve the drinking and sanitation problem for thousands of people in the district and take forward the development of the Kurunegala district, which is one of the main districts in the country.
Water supply will be temporarily suspended for Kelaniya, Wattala and Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha areas on August 17 for urgent repairs, says the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. Accordingly, the water cut will be imposed for 18 hours, from 9 a.m. on August 17 to 3 a.m. on August 18.
Hatton-Colombo main road is currently blocked at Watawala due to an earth slide, stated the Watawala Police. The earth slide has occurred at around 3pm this afternoon (15), due to the recent heavy rainfall in the Western slopes of the Central highlands.
atawala Police requests motorists to use the Diyagala Norton Bridge road in Ginigathhena until the soil from the earth slide is cleared. Watawala Police says that there is a further risk of earth slides in the same area
The evaluation of the grade 5 scholarship examination will begin today (August 15).Commissioner General of Examinations, Sanath B. Pujitha said evaluations will take place at 35 centres and over 8000 teachers will take part in the evaluation process.According to the Commissioner General of Examinations 355,326 candidates sat for the examination this year.
Troops serving the 65 Division of the Security Force Headquarters – Kilinochchi in another project of humanitarian assistance, distributed coconut saplings and other plants of economic value among low-income families, resident in the general area of Skandapuram in Kilinochchi on Friday.
On the directions of Major General Kuma Peris, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 65 Division, Brigadier Wanditha Mahinkanda, 652 Brigade Commander attending the occasion at Skandapuram GTM school as the Chief Guest gave away those saplings to selected civilians in the area.
During the same ceremony, troops gifted school accessories and books to more than 50 students of the same school who are from low income families. 20 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment troops of the 652 Brigade took the lead and organized the event at the GTM School.
There is still a high possibility for the showery condition and the wind speed over the island, particularly in the South-western part to increase to some extent today and tomorrow, Met. Department says.