He said General public can obtain latest updates relating to changing weather patterns in all three languages by dialing 117, which is a toll free number. The general public is advised to avoid staying in open spaces and using electrical appliances during the time of lightning. The Disaster Management Center has district offices to coordinate emergency services to face any disaster and the three armed forces are assisting in the relief measures.
Landslide warnings have been extended due to rains expected in next few days.
The Met Department says that rains exceeding 100 millimeters can be expected in some areas in the island during the next few hours. Strong winds can occur at some areas. The landslide warnings to several districts have been extended. People in the Ratnapura district should pay their attention on possible landslides. Several law lying areas have submerged due to torrential rains yesterday. Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Center requested the public to inform them on the hotline 117 about any disaster situation.