Heavy rain experienced in the country

Several farmlands and roads were inundated in Anuradhapura as a result of the heavy rain experienced in the country. Hopes and aspirations of farmers are being washed away owing to the incessant rains. The Eppawala River tank broke on Monday night, gulping over 40 hectares of farmland. Local residents stated that they informed the Irrigation Engineer of the Mahaweli Authority to open the spill gates but this was not done, they allege. Residents went on to state that this situation led to the river bank giving way. The Anuradhapura District has been identified as the potentially most landslide prone district due to incessant heavy thundershowers experienced since Monday (2) night. Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department predicted that the intense thundershowers will lessen in intensity within 24 hours. Thundershowers are however very likely at several places in the Northern, Eastern and Southern Provinces. The DMC appeals to the general public to take adequate precautions against heavy showers and
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