Flood threat in De­hi­wala

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - BY H.M.DHARMAPALA AND KUSAL CHAMATH

De­hi­wala Waidya Road, Rana­jayagama, Pin­watta , Sri Maha Vi­hara Road, and Waidya Place faced a flood threat re­cently due to the heavy rain ex­pe­ri­enced in the area. Sev­eral roads and houses in these ar­eas had gone about three feet un­der­wa­ter due to over­flow of the main canal.

Res­i­dents of the area said their houses had gone un­der wa­ter due to the over­flow of the canal and that it re­sulted in ex­ten­sive dam­age to the house­hold ef­fects.

D.a.tilakaratn­e, a res­i­dent of Waidya Road said that the area of­ten faced a flood threat due to the over­flow of the canal even dur­ing a mi­nor shower and that it caused dam­age to house and prop­erty in­clud­ing house­hold ap­pli­ances.

“Waste wa­ter con­tain­ing toi­let waste flow down the roads and into houses. Our house­hold ef­fects in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture were about four feet un­der wa­ter. The roads were im­pass­able even for a tr­ishaw. Ve­hi­cles trans­port­ing schoolchil­dren were ground to a halt pre­vent­ing thou­sands of school chil­dren from at­tend­ing school. In re­sponse to com­plaints, of­fi­cials come and in­spect the area and go off only promis­ing to re­solve the is­sue. The canal which is ob­structed with the silt and rank veg­e­ta­tion does not al­low the free flow of wa­ter. All waste wa­ter drains in sev­eral ar­eas in­clud­ing Hill Street, Mal­watta Road, and Ana­garika Dharmapala Mawatha in De­hi­wala are linked to this canal flow­ing down Kalubow­ila area. The canal is not more than three feet wide at sev­eral lo­ca­tions due to the unau­tho­rised erec­tions en­croach­ing the canal bund. Our con­tin­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties in this re­gard has fallen on deaf ears”, he said.

Mean­while, Mem­ber of the De­hi­wala Mount Lavinia Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Ro­hitha Na­gas­inghe said the peo­ple in sev­eral ar­eas were fac­ing a flood treat when the canal over­flowed. He said waste wa­ter flowed down the roads, and into the home gar­dens and houses cre­at­ing a se­ri­ous health haz­ard.

“The road and the houses in the area had gone more than three feet un­der wa­ter. The canal should be about six feet wide and six feet deep to pre­vent the flood threat. The unau­tho­rized erec­tions in the canal reser­va­tion have re­duced the width of the canal to about three feet at Pin­watta, Sri Maha Vi­hara Road, and Waidya Road. First of all the unau­tho­rized erec­tions should be re­moved to re­solve the is­sue or else tens of thou­sands of peo­ple liv­ing in the area would con­tinue to face the flood threat. I have made rep­re­sen­ta­tions in this re­gard to the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil”, he said.

Res­i­dents of the area pointed out that the flood threat that af­fected the area would have been an eye opener to the au­thor­i­ties who had ig­nored their rep­re­sen­ta­tions re­gard­ing the is­sue.

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