COLOMBO (NewsRadio); All spill gates of the Deduru Oya reservoir have been opened following heavy rains.
The Irrigation Department confirmed that all eight spill gates of the reservoir have been opened due to heavy rainfall.
In a statement, the Director of Irrigation (Water Management), Engineer D. Abesiriwardhana said those residing in low-lying areas in Chilaw and Puttalam must remain vigilant, since the water released from the reservoir could lead to minor flooding.
Engineer Abesiriwardhana earlier today said six sluice gates of the Deduru Oya were opened at around 8am.
He said around 16,000 cubic feet of water are being released per second from the reservoir.
Accordingly, he said they expect minor flooding in some areas.
Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology has predicted the depression which entered through the east coast of Sri Lanka from Bay of Bengal to move to the western sea area of Sri Lanka by tomorrow (26).
The Met Department said accordingly, showers or thundershowers will occur at times over Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, North-Western and Northern provinces.
Heavy showers above 100mm can be expected at some places. Several spells of showers will occur elsewhere.
Meanwhile, strong gusty winds of about 40-50kmph can be expected at times over country.
The general public has also been requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.