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Saturday, 27 December 2014 - 19:19
Death toll due to inclement weather rises to 17; Another 12 still missing.
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17 persons have died and another 12 still missing due to the inclement weather experienced in 17 districts. At the same time, 4,261 houses have also been damaged due to the disaster situation.

The Disaster Management Centre stated that 989,214 persons have been affected consequent to the adverse weather condition in the country.

According to the Irrigation Department, 62 out of 73 major reservoirs operating under the Department, continue to spill over.

Duty Meteorologist Nimal Bandara stated that the low pressure situation in the Bay of Bengal is turning in to a depression.

Meanwhile, the Building Research Organization states that the landslide warning issued on 11 districts is still effective in the districts of Matale, Kandy, Badulla, Nuwara-eliya, Ratnapura, Hambantota, Kegalle, Kurunegala, Kalutara, Galle and Matara.

The Disaster Management Centre requests the public to evacuate any areas prone to landslides.

Meanwhile, due to floods and landslides, traffic along scores of roads across the island have been interrupted.

Meanwhile, the Railway Control room states that train services on upcountry railway line will operate only up to Rambukkana, while Batticaloa to Gal-oya train service has been cancelled.

The railway department added that it will take several days to restore the upcountry railway line which was damaged due to landslides

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