Trincomalee, Batticaloa flooded
[TamilNet, Monday, 10 January 2011, 03:39 GMT]
Heavy rain fall since Saturday night has brought the normal life in
the three districts of East, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampaarai, to standstill
and almost all the villages including DS offices are under water. According to latest figures, in Batticaloa district alone 421,851 persons from 112,039 families have
been affected. The two districts, Trincomalee and Batticaloa, were experiencing
heavy rain with strong winds till Sunday evening amid fears that it
might develop as a cyclone. Several thousand villagers
including uprooted and sheltered in transit camps in Trincomalee
district awaiting resettlement in Champoor in Moothoor East are again
displaced and sought refuge at various places and desperation prevails in many divisions of the Eastern Province.
Batticaloa district recorded the highest rainfall of 312 mm during the
weekend, according to Meteorological Department. 31,217 persons from 7,927 families of them have been displaced and sheltered in 97 transit camps in Batticaloa, according to reports of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).
Train services from Batticaloa and Trincomalee to Colombo have been
cancelled as railway lines in several places have gone under water.
The Gal-Oya railway station is under two feet of water.
Education Department say that Zonal Directors of Education have been empowered
to close all schools in flood affected areas and where displaced
people are sheltered in their respective zones.
In Batticaloa district travelling in several areas has been disrupted
due to flood and uprooted trees following strong winds. The supply of
electricity has been cut off to several areas following lightning and
heavy winds. Villukku'lam in Kokkaddichchoalai is about to breach as
it has reached its capacity, according to Batticaloa Government Agent
Paduvaankarai and Ka'luvaagnchikkudi villages are submerged in flood.
bridge at Kurukka'lmadam that links Batticaloa and Ampaa'rai has been
washed away by the flood.
All travelling via this bridge has come to
halt Akkaraipattu has recorded a rainfall of 215 mm since 4 p.m. on
Saturday till Sunday morning.
Displaced families due to rain and flood
entering their dwellings have sought refuge in close by public
buildings and schools.
In the Trincomalee district, twenty three villages including resettled
in the Moothoor DS division are submerged in the flood.
camps located in Ki'liveddi, Paddith-thidal and Ma'natcheanai
sheltering Champoor uprooted Tamil families have gone under rain
The inmates are on the road trying to find alternate places to
stay till the situation improves. Authorities concerned are making
arrangements to allow them to stay in schools close to their transit
Chantha'navedai, a village where uprooted families have been
resettled is marooned with flood from all sides.
No assistance has
been provided to them currently said to be staying in a damaged
building of a school, sources from Moothoor say.
division, several suburbs known as Koayiladi, Kallimeadu, Chippiththidal,
Mu'l'liyadi, and Paththinipuram have gone under water.
Ten sluice gates
of the Kantha'laai Tank, the biggest in the district have been opened
Sunday morning by the irrigation authorities as it has reached its
capacity of 1, 16,000 acre feet.
Farmers fear that overflowing water
could damage about three thousand acres of paddy crops in the low
lying paddy fields.