Rains, gale force winds wreck havoc in Colombo

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Hurricane style gale force winds accompanied by torrential rain wrecked havoc in the City of Colombo this evening ripping out trees and causing power disruptions in many areas of the City and its suburbs. Several trees were seen to have fallen on vehicles as well as public property as a result.

The weather conditions started to worsen at about 9 pm today and many parts of the country felt the brute force of mother nature including many parts of the Western Province and the coastal areas.

Fallen trees were seen obstructing a number of roads including the Colombo-Kandy Road and several other places including the court complex entrance at Aluth Kade.

A number of vehicles had been damaged in and around Colombo due to trees falling on them as a result of the strong winds.

Meanwhile, a tree has fallen on to power lines supplying electricity to the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital cutting off the electricity supply. Power outages were also reported in many parts of the country. It was reported that Galle, Matara and and Ambalangoda were the worst hit with many power outages also being reported.

Police personnel along with fire fighters were seen working throughout the night to clear the fallen trees and clear the debris that had been scattered all over the City with the strong winds causing damage to several buildings in the Metropolitan area as well as damage done to statues while large billboards had also borne the brunt of the gale force winds that ripped through the city.

Strong winds exceeding 80 kmph accompanied by heavy rain hit several areas in the Southern Province last evening causing damage to house and property. The Matara District was the worst effected. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 11

  • observer Thursday, 30 November 2017 04:45 AM

    We were warned by Neighboring countries but our local officials misinterpreted.

    ANTON Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:11 AM


    S.P.RAMKUMAR Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:44 AM

    BBC had told this warning 3days before but our meteorology department fail to give early warning. .

    rasheed Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:51 PM

    Not only they failed to warn, but also they said its rumour and not to depend on their report.

    Scooby Doo Thursday, 30 November 2017 08:09 AM

    When we try to divide among us for religion, cast, country and race nature gathers us. Pray for Mother Sri Lanka.

    nick Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:17 AM

    take a day off today even keep kids at home unless something important to go out as trees as post & poles may fall even some buildings resulting to heavy rain & fast wind...advice others via DM Android App

    John Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:56 AM

    I'm amazed at the large signs on buildings that have blown over.Thankfully the storm was at night, otherwise people would have been killed or injured in them coming down on the roads.But I would like to know, why they fell over in the first place?High winds are not unusual, and the winds in this storm of 80 kmph are not that strong, less than a cyclone.Does the government place no control on anything to make sure owners build them properly and have them designed by licenced engineers?Not doing something like that is the sign of a 3rd world country, take any risk as long as someone else but the owner bears the consequences.

    Dr. Neil Magedaragamage Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:22 AM

    Yesterday morning your paper carried a report which said that Meteorological Department had denied the foreign reports of SL storm as not true. In that report Meteo mentioned rainfalls extending 75 mm in certain areas in the island but it excluded Western province. How can one believe SL met authorities?

    anil Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:38 AM

    Warings were given 1 week back, did not care

    Jason Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:41 AM

    Foreign media warned about this three days ago and our meteorology department said there is no such issue and not to listen to these news....OUR MET DEPT NEVER LEARN..another Govt Dept that cannot function properly..wonder if they are qualified for their job like our MPs..

    Samitha Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:21 PM

    Privatized the Met Department .

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