This is our last day in Colombo, and the weather gods are unhappy. It’s been pouring over the couple of days, owing an atmospheric disturbance off the western coast.
“The highest reported rainfall since 2005 brings a cascade of rain causing many areas in the Colombo city to come to a standstill.
The havoc caused with the flash floods, strong winds and the lightning has temporary rendered many roads and suburbs to be impassable on Tuesday Morning.
Though the several feet of water that arose in the morning gradually declined during the mid day, public are warned of more heavy showers and sever attacks of lightning.
Walking earlier in the afternoon, we discovered that the laneway to the apartment had turned into a river. Our little foldable umbrellas would be useless in a storm of less ferocity, but we clung superstitiously to them anyway. There’s something to be said for hanging on to whatever comfort is at hand.
There were no dinghies handy, so we waded home, keeping an eye out for the friendly monitor lizard whose home territory the laneway also was, steadily ignoring flotsam rushing past in the deluge.