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Rainfall as high as 500mm was reported in several parts of the country yesterday, the Department of Meteorology said.
A 37-year- old SLAF airman, Y.M.S. Yaparathna, who had fallen off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation at the Neluwa area in Galle yesterday morning, passed away due to the abdominal injuries he sustained in the fall at around 8.30pm yesterday, hospital sources confirmed.
Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya rejected rumours that the prevailing flood threat had been caused by the opening of spill gates in the hydro power reservoirs. He told the media that none of the reservoirs were at spill level to necessitate the opening of the spill gates.
Kaduwela interchange on the Southern Expressway (E01) had been flooded and motorists are advised to use alternate routes, Police said.
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