All 20 sluice gates of the Thabbowa reservoir have been opened

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Since the water level of the Thabbowa Reservoir has exceeded spill level and all 20 of its sluice gates have been opened to discharge excess water into the Puttalam lagoon through the Mee Oya. A spokesman for the Irrigation Department said water is gushing out of the sluice gates at very high speed.

Villages around the banks of the Mee Oya lower reaches would be inundated. As such, they had taken precautions to release water from the reservoir in a manner that would not inconvenience the people.

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