Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology has issued a severe weather alert for today and next night. The weather alert says due to the atmospheric disturbance in the Gulf of Bengal showers or thunderstorms will be widespread throughout the island. Very heavy rainfalls (more than 150mm precipitation) are expected in the northern half of the island and along the East Coast.
Additionally, the weather alert says that a sudden increase of wind speeds over the sea areas off the eastern and southern coast is possible and risks of sudden roughness of the sea areas are high.
In December, rainfall usually continues to decline along the western and southern coasts. As the recent unsettled weather fades away, more sunshine and dry days are expected in the Western and Southern Provinces in the second half of December.
In the highlands the rainfall is also expected to drop slightly, though it`s still wet.
Further north, parrticularly in the Cultural Triangle, rainfall remains to be very high, this is normal in December. The unusual peak figures of the previous month are expected to drop considerably in the Christmal period.
In the Northern and Eastern Provinces, rainfall continues to be high due to the annual north-east monsoon.
A month after the Kosgoda landslide and only one week after another central Sri Lankan village was hit by a deadly landslide on 29 October, the risk of mud and land slides remains to be very high in Badulla District, particularly in the Uva tea plantation areas around Ella, but also other highland regions can be effected.
The National Building Resources Organisation (NBRO) estimates 20 percent of the country is prone to landslides, mainly in the highlands.
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