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NBRO Commences Installation of Equipment to Address Water Trapped in Karandagolla, Ella

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has initiated the installation of equipment aimed at alleviating water accumulation in the Karandagolla area of Ella. Dr. Asiri Karunawardena, the Director General of NBRO, has stated that the endeavor is already underway and is anticipated to conclude within approximately 10 days.

Dr. Karunawardena reassured that comprehensive measures have been implemented to ensure the stability of the terrain, particularly concerning the discharge of water in areas susceptible to landslides. Highlighting the potential risk to the Ella-Wellawaya main road should the current landslide situation escalate, he emphasized prioritizing its protection.

Furthermore, Dr. Karunawardena revealed that a multidisciplinary team comprising technical engineers, geologists, and environmental experts has conducted extensive surveys and analyses, including scrutinizing aerial photographs and maps. Their investigations confirmed the area’s historical susceptibility to landslides, which has been exacerbated by recent heavy rainfall.

Contrary to speculations, Dr. Karunawardena clarified that there is no causal link between the landslides and the Uma Oya project. The reactivation of the landslide-prone area is primarily attributed to the inclement weather conditions.

As the NBRO continues its efforts to mitigate risks and ensure public safety, ongoing monitoring and proactive measures remain integral to addressing the challenges posed by natural phenomena.

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