Red Warning for Severe Lightning and heavy rainfall

The Department of Meteorology today issued Red Warning for Severe Lightning and heavy rainfall says that thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places, particularly inWestern, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, UvaNorth-western and Northern provinces and in Anuradhapura district in the evening or night.Heavy falls above 100 mm can be expected at some places in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Northwestern, Uva and Southern provinces.Fairly heavy falls about 75 mm can be expected atsome places elsewhere. Heavy falls about 100mm can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Western and North-western provinces.Temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmphare also possible during thundershowers it add

The Department of Meteorology advises thatpeople should:

  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and neverunder trees.
  • Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.
  • Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.
  • Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.
  • Beware of fallen trees and power lines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.