Beware: Trees fall as strong winds create havoc in city

CMC workers sawing off the branches from the tree that fell on a vehicle in Horton Place and the tree that was uprooted on Slave Island. Pix by Gemunu Wellage and Saman Kariyawasam

As strong winds uprooted three large trees in Colombo last evening, the Meteorology Department warned of more extreme weather conditions in the coming days.

Strong winds brought down three large trees at Thimbirigasyaya, Horton Place and Thurstan Road in Colombo last evening, blocking main roads and damaging vehicles and property.

Disaster Management Centre’s Colombo Coordinator C.L. Pathirana said that apart from the three trees, branches that broke off big trees due to the heavy winds also blocked several city roads.

He said the centre together with the Fire Brigade and the Colombo Municipal Council were last night clearing the roads to avoid any traffic congestion,” he said.

CMC Works Director M.A.C.M. Fazal said several ‘mara’ trees in the city were old and steps should be taken to cut them down and plant new ones. Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department warned yesterday of similar extreme weather conditions in the coming weeks.

Evening thunder showers with strong winds will be experienced till the end of November, a duty officer said. He urged the public to take precautions to protect themselves from lightning and strong winds.

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