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Heavy rains to continue

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Occasional rains or thundershowers may occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western Provinces as well as in Galle and Matara Districts, the Department of Meteorology said.

It said that heavy showers above 75mm may occur in some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and Galle and Matara Districts.

Director of the Water Management Unit of the Irrigation Department, S.P.C. Sugeeshwara said that there is a risk of inundation of the lowlands along the rivers due to heavy rains.

Meanwhile, 61,792 people belonging to 15,632 families are affected due to heavy rains that have affected 11 districts.

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that 5,460 people belonging to 1,661 families are being held in 33 shelters.

It said five houses have been completely damaged and 207 houses have been partially damaged due to inclement weather.

Meanwhile, DMC Director General Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe said that the programme to provide relief to the victims is being implemented.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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