Rains in hydro power catchment areas bring some relief: Met. Dept.By Hansani BandaraView(s):
The prevailing south-west monsoon is expected to bring rains to the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and to the Galle and Matara districts, according to reports from the Meteorology Department.
Duty Forecaster Ananda Jayasinghearachchi said isolated thunder showers can be expected in the afternoon in the Eastern and Uva Provinces. Temporarily strong winds will prevail during showers and thunder showers.
The speed of winds in the sea areas will be around 40-50 kmh from a north–westerly or westerly direction and can rise up to 60-70 kmh in the Gulf of Mannar and the sea areas off the western, south western, southern and south eastern coasts.
He added that hydro power catchment areas received considerable rainfall with Canyon receiving a rainfall of 49.5 mm, Castlereigh 31.6 mm, Maussakele 21.8 mm, Laxapana 53.8 mm, Norton 69.6 mm and Kotmale 17 mm.
Hydro power generation levels have increased up to 30-32% with rainfall in the catchment areas said Ministry of Power and Energy Media Spokesman Dhanushka Ramanayake said.
He said that this was somewhat of a relief after the recent drought conditions which caused problems in generating sufficient hydro power. He stressed that the general public should still be concerned about conserving electricity as future conditions cannot be predicted.comments powered by Disqus