Rains cancel threat of power cuts

The heavy rains experienced in different parts of the island over the past week means that power cuts may not be necessary.

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman E. A. S. K. Edirisinghe said the situation was improving, with water levels in the reservoirs rising. “The current conditions are good,” he said. “

Catchment areas where hydro-power stations are located are getting adequate supplies of rain. If the dry weather had continued for a week or two longer, we would have been forced to introduce power cuts,” he said.

A source at the Mahaweli Complex deputy general manager’s office said that if the water levels in the main reservoirs, such as Victoria, Kotmale and Randenigala, continued to rise, power cuts would not be necessary.

According to the Meteorology Department, the prevailing inter-monsoonal weather conditions are expected to continue till the end of the month. “Weather turbulence from a southeasterly direction brought heavy showers,” said a Meteorology Department spokesman.

Clear skies during the day followed by thunderstorms in the evening and night are typical of inter-monsoonal weather.

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