WARNING: Major Flood Alert Issued for Maha Oya Valley: Residents Urged to Exercise Caution

November 20, 2023

The Irrigation Department has issued a high-level alert for a potential major flood situation in the low-lying areas of the Maha Oya Valley. The alert encompasses several Divisional Secretariat Divisions, including Alawwa, Diwulapitiya, Meerigama, Pannala, Wennappuwa, Negambo, Katana, Narammala, and Dankotuwa.

With the possibility of imminent flooding, residents of these areas are urged to exercise extreme caution and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Additionally, drivers navigating through these regions are advised to be vigilant and adhere to any directives issued by local authorities.

The alert comes as meteorological and hydrological agencies have detected conditions indicative of a high probability of flooding in the mentioned areas. Continuous monitoring of water levels and weather patterns has prompted officials to raise concerns about the potential impact on the Maha Oya Valley.

Local authorities are actively engaged in emergency response preparations, including the deployment of rescue teams, provision of emergency shelters, and coordination with relevant agencies to ensure a swift and effective response in the event of a flood.

Residents are strongly advised to stay tuned to local news channels and official announcements for the latest updates on the situation. It is recommended that people in vulnerable areas consider moving to higher ground or designated evacuation centers if directed to do so by authorities.