Neboda 101.3 mm
Gampaha 99.5 mm
Hiniduma 45.7 mm
Colombo 114 mm
At least one person was killed, seven houses partially damaged and
over 16,000 people affected due to heavy rain and strong winds, as
pre-monsoonal rain wrecked havoc in the Colombo city and its suburbs
yesterday. Disaster Management Ministry spokesman Pradeep Kodippilli
said Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts experienced heavy rain and
“Strong winds partially damaged seven houses in Nugegoda. Roofs of
five houses were blown away by the strong winds,” he added.
Many roads in the Colombo city and its suburbs were underwater
resulting in heavy traffic congestion for hours. Over 338 families in
the Colombo district were affected due to floods. However, they were not
displaced neither their houses damaged, Kodippilli told the Daily News.
Houses of around 20 families from Rajagiriya, 10 families from
Nugegoda and Dematagoda, 50 families from Orugodawatte and Abhayarama,
150 families from Cotta road and Castle road in Borella and houses of
108 families from Ratmalana were reported to be underwater. Kodippilli
said several roads in the Kalutara district were also underwater.
He said a woman died in Nuwara-Eliya when the roof of a house fell on
her due to strong winds and heavy rain. Meanwhile, several vehicles were
damaged when trees fell on them in various places in the Colombo city.
The unusual rainfall of 114 millimetres fell by mid day yesterday
inundating most roads in Colombo. D.S. Senanayaka Junction, Armour
Street, Grandpass, Bloemendhal road, Jampettah Street, Reclamation road,
Kirulapona, Wellawatta and other areas.
The intensity of the rainfall was so high and the existing drains and
underground drainage systems could not absorb the runoff water within a
short time. There were several unauthorized constructions and that too
added to the misery, Colombo Municipal Council competent Authority Omar
”It is people’s actions that make the city unclean. Pavement hawkers
leave all their leftovers and finally all that end up in gullies
blocking them”, he said.
”The Navy and the Army are working with us assisting to clean up
while all the CMC officers are working in the streets”, he added. This
is in addition to the daily cleaning operation. We are doing our best to
keep the city clean, Kamil noted.
Meteorology Department’s Deputy Director S R Jayasekera told the
Daily News yesterday that it is the pre monsoon rains and the South West
monsoon will begin in about a week’s time.
Yesterday’s rainfall of 101.3 millimeters was experienced in Neboda,
Kalutara district, 99.5 millimeters in Gampaha and 45.7 milimetres in
Hiniduma, he said. He also warned the public to be aware of thunder and
lightning and asked the public to be careful especially when using
A large tree had fallen opposite Gangarama Viharaya, Hunupitiya on
the parapet wall of a girls’ hostel partly damaging it. Many trees had
also fallen in several places in Colombo.
Additional District Secretary Gampaha W.A.D.P. Lakshman said though
there were heavy rains experienced in Kelaniya, Negombo and Katana there
were no flood threats.