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COLOMBO (News 1st); The Meteorological Department says that the wind speed may increase to 50 kilometers per hour from time to time in the western slopes of the central hills as well as in the northern and north-central provinces today (06).Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organization said that the landslide warning, which was issued to eight districts will remain in effect until this afternoon.In the meantime, Castlereigh Reservoir has begun to overflow with the heavy rains that continue to fall in the western slopes of the Central Highlands.The engineers in charge of the reservoir said that the overflow level of the Maussakale reservoir has reached about one foot in height.With the increase in the water level of the Castlereigh and Maussakale reservoirs, the power generation in Canyon, Lakshapana, New Lakshapana and Wimalasurendra hydropower plants will carried out at the maximum capacity, the hydropower plant engineers added..

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