Friday, November 12, 2010

11/11/2010 - The Day That Colombo Went Underwater!!

its been long since i wrote so decided to write something to write!! and indeed its a very interesting topic to write about!!! and as the title suggests im writing abt the day that Colombo, the Financial Capital of Sri Lanka was submerged in water after just 10 hrs of rain!!!

what a day it was!! it all started on the 10th of November at around 8.00pm i guess when it started with a mild rain and then the thundering started.. along came the lightening also which is obvious (:P)... then the rain started to grow gradually... by around 11.00pm the thundering and lightening stops but not the rain which shows no signs of stopping... colombo goes to sleep... come next day and colombo wakes upto the news that Colombo has come to a half halt as many areas in Colombo have gone underwater due to the rain... roads all blocked.. schools closed after children come to skool in the morning for the term tests (term tests for public skools were to start on this day).. offices closed.. vehicles floating here and there and sum stuck in the flood (apparently including Cricket Team skipper Sanga's vehicle) and people trying to get along with day to day life among all these "halabaloo"... 

so wat exactly happened?? jst 10 hrs of rain and colombo coming under water?? WOW!! last time Colombo was underwater was in 1992 and that too after 2 days of rain.. but this time.. jst 10 hrs and its all down!!! all the way down from panadura to kelaniya and to kotte, nugegoda, every bloody place was flooded..!!

simple answer is this.. improper urban development... unplanned development of land.. what else?? filling up every small piece of land that is available for the water to go into and also hardening the ground with concrete to build big building.. when this happens there is no way for the water to go.. canals are filed by dumping garbage in them... so water cant flow that way either.. drains all blocked with building over them... its actually hard to see a proper flowing drain in colombo these days.. so how can the rain water just flow off eh?? it starts to get stagnated and then its flood!!

so i guess its no use talking... blaming the current government is no use coz every bloody government that came into power is responsible for this!!

thankfully i wasnt much affected due to this (except dat i cudnt use the computer n internet all night due to the thunder n lightening).. but got loadz of frnds whose houses were flooded n all.. 

so lets hope that at least those in power realize the seriousness of this situation n take some action.. jst cleaning the canals wudnt do i suppose!! much more has to be done...

so with that said, i guess its time to wind up.. weekend starts n time to hit the bed for sum quality sleeping sessions n sum meet ups wit frnds..

hit the Read More button below to chk out some pics of the situation yesterday... mostly collected through news websites and email messages.. 

so long...

Adios!!


THE BEST OF THE LOT!!
READ THE HOARDING FOR MORE INFO!!

The Parliament Road Submerged in water
MP's Coming to the Parliament
An Armored Car bringing in other MP's to the Parliament
The Parliament of Sri Lanka ( WOW )

MP's getting down from the Military vehicles at the Parliament!!
















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