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Sluice gates of several reservoirs opened

Torrential rains continued to lash western slopes of Sri Lanka’s central hills overnight raising the water levels of several hydropower reservoirs and risk of landslides.

One of the sluice gates of the Upper Kotmale reservoir has been opened last night due to continuous rain. Upper Kotmale reservoir engineers said the sluice gates will automatically open if rains continue and requested the people using the river below the reservoir’s dam to be vigilant of sudden floods.

Two sluice gates of the Canyon reservoir have been opened and Wimalasurendra reservoir has begun to spill.

The two sluice gates of the Laxapana Reservoir that were opened yesterday have been closed, but the Ceylon Electricity Board warned that if the rains continue, the sluice gates of the reservoir will have to be opened again.

Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department said the prevailing heavy showery condition is expected to reduce by some extent temporarily in south-western part of the island.

Showers or thundershowers at times are expected in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-Western and Northern provinces and in Galle and Matara districts, and particularly in Central hills.

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