The landslide warning issued to eight districts by the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) due to the prevalent inclement weather has been further extended.
Deputy Director to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Pradeep Kodipili said the landslide warning will be in effect in the Kalutara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, kandy, Nuwara-eliya, Matale, Galle and Matara districts.
He further said no natural disasters have been reported during the last 24 hours ending at 06.00 a.m. today, but heavy rains and strong winds were reported in a number of areas.
The tri-forces have been placed on standby to face any natural disaster due to inclement weather, while the public have been urged to contact the DMC via its hotline 117 in the event of a natural disaster, Kodipili said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology said the severe cyclonic storm ”AMPHAN” has further intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and is centred over the central part of the South Bay of Bengal, about 740 km North-east of Trincomalee.
It is very likely to intensify into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during the next 06 hours and is likely to move north-northeast towards the west Bengal coast.
Due to the influence of the storm the prevailing showery condition over the island particularly in the south-western part is likely to continue further.
Showers or thunder showers above 150mm will occur in the Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western, North-central, Eastern and Uva provinces, and in the Mannar District.
The Department of Meteorology further said the sea areas around the island will be rough and can be very rough at times.
The Naval and fishing communities have been requested to remain vigilant and refrain from venturing into sea. (Colombo Gazette)