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Rains wreak havoc on Christmas Day ; more rains tomorrow

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Landslide warnings have been issued to several areas in the Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle and Kurunegala Districts until 8.30am tomorrow.

Heavy rain and strong winds wreaked havoc across Sri Lanka on Christmas Day, as the depression over the Southwest Bay of Bengal began moving across Sri Lanka.

Police said two people have died and three were injured as a boulder fell on a house in an earth slip at Alawathugoda in the Kandy District.

Meanwhile, the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa and Giant’s Tank in Mannar begin spilling over due to heavy rain, Irrigation Dept officials said.

Public have been urged to exercise caution when traveling near reservoirs, rivers, and other water bodies.

Six spill gates of the Deduru Oya reservoir were opened and a minor flood situation was expected by Sunday evening in low-lying areas of the Deduru Oya basin.

Earlier today, the Kandy Railway Yard was inundated due to heavy rains and train operations along the upcountry railway line were hampered. Tonight’s night mail trains from Colombo Fort-Badulla and Badulla-Fort have also been cancelled.

Meanwhile, the Meterology Department has predicted more heavy rains, strong winds forecast for tomorrow (26) as depression over Southwest Bay of Bengal crosses Sri Lanka and heads to western sea areas.

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Dasun Shanaka denies political involvement

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Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka insisted that he has no links to any political party in the country.

In a Twitter message, Shanaka said that he has noticed his image being circulated in a political party propaganda.

“I’ve noticed my image circulating in a political party propaganda. I have no inclination with any party or ever have participated as an ambassador. My one true love and passion is playing cricket for my country,” he tweeted.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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