RAJARATA RESER­VOIRS FILLED TO THE BRIM DUE TO HEAVY RAINS

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY ATULA BAN­DARA AND DAYARATNE EMBOGAMA

All tanks and reser­voirs in the Rajarata re­gion were re­ported to have been filled to the brim and sev­eral of them were spilling over due to the heavy rain be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in the area at present. The Ma­hakan­darawa Reser­voir in Mihintale started spilling over and the Ir­ri­gation En­gi­neers were forced to open the spill gates by two feet to re­lease the ex­cess wa­ter into the Kan­darawa-oya. This had re­sulted in the river over­flow­ing and sub­merg­ing the Mi­hin­taleMa­hakan­darawa Road by two feet.

Anu­rad­ha­pura Re­gional Ir­ri­gation En­gi­neer Lasindu Kotaw­ilaarachchi said the spill gates would be opened fur­ther if the wa­ter level in­creased.

Mean­while all the six spill gates of the Nachchaduwa River were opened by five feet last morn­ing. En­gi­neer-in-charge of the reser­voir Shayamini Ilan­gas­ingha said the ex­cess wa­ter was be­ing re­leased into the Mal­wathuoya river cre­at­ing a flood threat in Anu­rad­ha­pura sa­cred area and the Saliya­pura area. She said the road from the Anu­rad­ha­pura Rail­way sta­tion to the sa­cred area had gone un­der four feet of wa­ter.

Ir­ri­gation En­gi­neers said the wa­ter level in the Kalawewa and Ra­jan­ganawewa Reser­voirs were ris­ing fur­ther and that the emer­gency spill gates of the Kalawewa Reser­voir were opened by five feet. They said the eight emer­gency spill gates in the Ra­jan­gana Reser­voir were opened and ex­cess wa­ter re­leased into the Kala Oya.

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