Sri Lanka

Heavy Rainfall Induced Landslide Observed By IMERG

More than 90 people have been reported killed and over 100 missing due to a landslide in the village of Bellana, in the Kalutara district of Sri Lanka. Heavy monsoon rainfall over the past few days caused the disaster. Heavy rainfall is shown over the southwestern Bay Of Bengal in this analysis of rainfall accumulation using NASA's Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) data. This IMERG analysis included the period from May 23 to early May 26, 2017. The maximum IMERG rainfall accumulation estimates in this area were shown in the Bay Of Bengal to the northeast of Sri Lanka where

GPM Sees Powerful Storms With Advancing Monsoon

The GPM core observatory satellite passed over the Bay Of Bengal on May 23, 2017 at 0251 UTC. GPM flew almost directly above very strong convective storms that were located east of Sri Lanka. These powerful storms were associated with the approaching South-West monsoon. The amount and timing of monsoon rainfall is very important to the economy of India. GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments collected data that showed the location and intensity of rainfall in the southern Bay Of Bengal. Very heavy rainfall was detected within this cluster of

Developing Tropical Storm Triggers Deadly Landslides in Sri Lanka

A storm does not have to be especially powerful in terms of its winds to be deadly. Such is the case with Tropical Cyclone 01B (TC 01B) in the Bay of Bengal. Despite only reaching minimal tropical storm intensity just this morning at 06 UTC 18 May 2016, the system has been responsible for dumping heavy rains in and around Sri Lanka and southern Indian over the past few days as it tried to organize itself in the southwestern Bay of Bengal. This set the stage for two massive landslides, which buried 3 villages in south central Sri Lanka. So far, although several hundred people have been rescued