Red alert issued to 16 districts on gusty winds


A red alert on gusty winds has been issued for 16 districts, the Department of Meteorology said yesterday, July 15. They said the strong winds could blow due to the active south-west monsoon conditions over the country.

As a result of this, fairly strong winds of up to 40-50 km/h and could be expected to gather speed up to 60 km/h on the western slope of the central hills, in the Northern, North-Central and North-Western provinces, and in the Hambantota and Trincomalee districts.

Accordingly, the 16 districts, including Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Kegalle, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Ratnapura, Galle, Matara, and Hambantota, have been alerted about the weather conditions.

People who are living in the above areas are cautioned to be vigilant in this regard.