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Cyclone Mocha hits Bangladesh and Myanmar coast

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Cyclone Mocha has intensified into a category-five storm, hitting the coastlines of Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The powerful cyclone brings heavy rain, winds up to 195kmph, and the risk of dangerous flooding in the Bay of Bengal area.

Storm surges of up to four meters could flood low-lying villages. Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee camp, is at risk.

Around 500,000 people have been evacuated, and the cyclone is expected to be the strongest in Bangladesh in nearly two decades.

Disruption, flooding, and damage have been reported in Sittwe, Myanmar.

Rescue efforts are hindered due to dangerous conditions.

Casualties and infrastructure damage have been reported in both countries.

Shelters are overcrowded in Cox’s Bazar, and a landslide warning has been issued.

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Litro slashes gas cylinder prices

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Litro Gas Lanka, one of the country’s two leading suppliers of domestic Liquefied Petroleum (LP) gas, has decided to slash the prices of its products.

The price reduction will be effective from midnight tomorrow (June 04), according to Litro chairman and CEO Muditha Peiris.

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Three state bank employees arrested for stealing pawned gold jewellery

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested three employees of a state bank in Oddamavadi for stealing pawned gold jewellery to the tune of LKR 20 million.

According to the police, among the arrestees are the deputy manager, operations manager and the service assistant of the said state bank.

The trio is accused of stealing pawned 873g of gold jewellery from the safety-deposit box of the state bank.

The CID team had initiated probes into the matter after receiving a complaint about several pieces of gold jewellery that had gone missing from the depository of the bank.

An individual, upon visiting the bank to retrieve the gold jewellery he had pawned in November last year to obtain a loan, had learned that the items were, in fact, missing. After conducting an inspection, the bank employees realized that 13 packets of gold jewellery have been disappeared from the depository.

The bank’s management has suspended the duties of the deputy manager over the incident.

During the interrogations, he had confessed that two other female employees – an operations manager and a service assistant – too were complicit in the theft. They were later placed under arrest by the CID investigators.

They had used the depository keys which were in their possession to steal the gold jewellery on three occasions.

After stealing 13 packets of gold jewellery, the trio had sold them to gold jewellery shops in the area for LKR 13.7 million out of which LKR 5.7 million was retained by the deputy manager to settle a loan. The operations manager, meanwhile, held on to LKR 5 million, which she deposited in a bank for her daughter. The service assistant had purchased a three-wheeler and a piece of land from the LKR 3 million she received.

The trio was remanded until June 16 after being produced before the Valachchenai Magistrate’s Court on Friday (June 02).

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3 sluice gates of Kukule Ganga reservoir opened

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Three of the four sluice gates of Kukule Ganga reservoir were opened this evening (June 02) as heavy rains were experienced in the catchment areas.

The authorities have advised the people living in low-lying areas of the Kukule Ganga reservoir to be on alert of possible floods.

It is reported that the water levels of the reservoir have increased at an alarming rate after the downpours in the water catchment areas.

Meanwhile, the Irrigation Department issued an ‘Amber’ flood warning for the upper catchment areas of Kuda Ganga sub-basin of Kalu River after heavy rainfall was received.

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