Heavy rain forecast in Sri Lanka, floods, landslides feared

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-23 16:50:56|Editor: ying
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COLOMBO, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain is forecast in the southern part of Sri Lanka, leading to concerns that the country might be hit again by floods, an official here said on Friday.

Spokesman for the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippily told Xinhua that heavy rain ranging from 75 mm to 100 mm could occur, and therefore people should remain vigilant.

"We have issued an alert only. If the need arose, we will evacuate people due to threat of floods or landslides," he said.

Issuing a special weather bulletin on Friday noon, the Department of Meteorology said showery weather was expected during next few days in the southwest of the country and possibility of continuing in some districts of the central and southern parts of the country are high.

"Showers or thundershowers will occur in western, Sabaragamuwa, central and north-western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts in the south of the country. Fairly heavy showers (about 75-100 mm) can be expected at some places," it forecast.

Sri Lanka was hit by floods last month. It killed more than 200 people and caused extensive damage to properties.