Sri Lanka Tsunami – Grid Connected

The Ceylon Electricity Board estimates damage to its transmission lines and property to cost Rs. 800 mn, after killer tidal waves hammered the southern and Eastern coasts. The Ceylon Electricity Board estimates damage to its transmission lines and property to cost Rs. 800 mn, after killer tidal waves hammered the southern and Eastern coasts.

“We estimate that the damage in all affected areas is about Rs. 800 mn. The damage in the coastal stretch from Dehiwela to Kataragama alone is about Rs. 413 mn,” General Manager of the CEB, Ranjith Fonseka said Monday.

Homes in many coastal towns were washed off by tidal waves that hammered the collective South Asian coastline in eleven countries last week.

The waves extensively damaged low voltage supply lines in Southern and Eastern towns, with many destroyed homes now permanently off the national electricity grid.

“The low voltage network has been extensively affected and even to restore it, there are no homes to supply to,” officials from the CEB’s System Control Unit said.

Of the 500,000 grid connected homes, about 40,000 or less than 10 percent are believed to have been lost, when the waves swept across the