Sri Lanka – Floods in Puttalam and Amparam, 100mm Rain Forecast

Sri Lanka‘s Department of Meteorology has warned of heavy rainfall across parts of the country over the next few days. Forecasters say 100 mm of rain can be expected which could trigger further flooding in some areas.

Floods have been affecting parts of Sri Lanka since mid-November 2015. Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported floods in the districts of Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Killinochchi, Trincomalee, Puttalam and Gampaha from Sunday 15 November 2015. As many 20,000 were affected and 2,600 forced from their homes. One death was reported in Kilinochchi district, Northern Province, as a result of the floods. Later a further two deaths were reported and 17,000 were displaced as the floods worsened.

Since then heavy rain triggered more flash floods in Puttalam district, North Western Province on 03 December, affecting around 40 people. On 04 December, 2015, Ampara district in Eastern Province suffered serious flooding which forced 150 people from their homes. All of those displaced are currently taking refuge at a community building in Pahalalanda.

Two people have died as a result of the severe weather in December in Sri Lanka. One victim drowned in  Moneragala district, Uva province. Another victim, also in Moneragala, was killed by lightning strike.

Rainfall and Warnings

Earlier today, Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology said that a weather system developing to the west of the island is likely to bring rain over most parts of the country, with heavy rain of about 100 mm likely in some places.

Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology issued the following warning:

“There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity”.

Maha Illuppallama and Puttalam recorded heavy rainfall today, 04 December 2015. Both areas saw around 30mm of rain fall in a 3 hour period up to midday today.

Earlier this week, during a 24 hour period between 29 and 30 November, Ratnapura recorded 90 mm of rain, Kandy 57 mm and Badulla 67.6 mm. The next day Ratnapura recorded 51.9 mm of rain in 24 hours. Kurunegala saw 53.1 mm and the capital, Colombo, saw 81.9 mm.

Floods in northern Sri Lanka
Floods in northern Sri Lanka, November 2015. Photo: Sri Lanka Red Cross