Colombo, Development, Disaster Management, Politics and Governance

Colombo goes under water, and not for the first time

These pictures were taken between 10.00am and 11.30am on the 14th of May 2010 after Colombo experienced rains for about 2 hours. It speaks volumes of the continued failure of the CMC to deal with drainage and flooding issues for the last 20 – 30 years.

Furthermore, I was trying to get from my house to work and the following roads were blocked due to flooding,

  1. Duplication Road
  2. Reid Avenue
  3. Horton Place
  4. Both Viharamahadevi – Museum Roundabouts
  5. Thurstan Road
  6. Thunmulla Junction

It continues to rain and Colombo continues to flood!

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Update, 15 May 2010: Taken by Deshan Tennekoon, more photos of the flooding published on Groundviews here.