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Public advised to be alert

People living in Nilwala, Ging, Kalu, Kelani river basins are advised to be alert and take safety measures for possible floods, Disaster Management Center sources said.

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Two held with gold worth over Rs 4.7 million

Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake arrested two Sri Lankan passengers attempting to smuggle gold pieces worth over Rs 4.7 million into the country. The suspects, a 55-year-old from Matara and a 52-year-old from Batticaloa, had arrived from Singapore this morning. The gold pieces weighing 700g …

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Five killed due to adverse weather

At least five people including a Buddhist nun were reported dead due to adverse weather conditions prevailed in Sri Lanka as a result of the rainstorm that swept across several parts of the country yesterday causing flash floods in several provinces. Two persons in the Welikanda area and a Buddhist …

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Principals & zonal directors to decide on school closures

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has directed school principals and Zonal Directors of Education to decide whether or not to open schools in disaster prone areas. Meanwhile all schools in the Ratnapura, Dehiovita and Nivithigala educational zone will be closed today and tomorrow (22) due to the prevailing adverse weather …

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Flood warning issued as Kelani River nears spill level

The Kelani River is nearing spill level at Deraniyagal and Avissawella areas due to the heavy rainfall experienced at Kelani river catchment area, the Irrigation Department said. Issuing a flood warning today, the department said that the rainy condition is expected to enhance over the next few hours and therefore …

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Power disruptions in several areas due to rain

Electricity supply in the Kegalle, Galle, Mathugama and Agalawatta areas had been disrupted due to the heavy rain, the Ceylon Electricity Board said. Director and CEB spokesman Sulakshana Jayawardena said Electricity supply in Mathugama, Galle and Ambalangoda were disrupted due to the tripping of transmission lines. He said power supply …

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