Vagaries in weather cause near havoc as gales follow drought

Hydropower catchment areas receive considerable rain only for a few days

Weather swings in Sri Lanka have caused near havoc mainly in the Northern and North Central provinces.
These two provinces which were affected by the drastic drought last month are now experiencing high winds this month.
The rainfall in these two provinces in July so far remains low when compared with the figures of past years with only 7 mm received in Polonnaruwa and 26 mm. in Vavuniya.

Forty five houses in Anuradhapura District, 57 houses in Polonnaruwa District, nine houses in Badulla District and 83 houses in Moneragala District were damaged on July 14 (Saturday) by high winds, Disaster Management Centre Media spokesperson Pradeep Kodippili said. He said compensation will be paid to the families whose houses were fully damaged, receiving Rs.50,000 each and families whose houses were partially damaged receiving Rs.20,000 each.

Meanwhile, rains can be anticipated during the next two weeks in the rest of the island during the night and in the mornings, in some parts of the Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in the Galle and Matara Districts, said Meteorology Department Duty Forecaster Ananda Jayasinghearchchi.

“Even though the hydropower catchment areas received some considerable rainfall in the past two weeks, no such rain can be predicted this week, though Castlereigh and Laxapana will get light showers in the mornings while Randenigala and Rantembe are not likely to receive any rain,” he said.

There will be strong winds in the western and southern coastal areas and in the Gulf of Mannar, he said.

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