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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 - 7:20
8 die, and 3 reported missing as 11, 000 are left affected as a result of adverse weather


A total of 11,667 individuals of 7880 families have been affected so far by the inclement weather which wreaked havoc in 14 districts of the island, since yesterday.

According to the Disaster Management Centre, eight deaths have been reported so far, while three persons are reported missing.

Some 111 houses have been destroyed while another 32 houses have been damaged.

The Centre further noted that 5196 persons have been sheltered in makeshift relief camps.

Meanwhile, our correspondents stated that houses in lowland areas have been submerged in flood water. 

They also stated that traffic congestion was reported in several areas, due earth slips.

The Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili further explained the prevailing situation in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, three members of the same family were killed following a landslide which occurred near a line-room of Denis Estate of Halthota at Dehi Ovita in the Kegalle last night. 

The bodies of two victims were recovered this morning, but a woman remained missing.

A 52-year-old individual who was swept by the floods in the Kegalu Oya while attempting to pick coconuts, has not been found. 

In addition, a 43-year-old individual of Panawala in Eheliyagoda was killed today when a soil embankment collapsed on him. 

His wife and son who received injuries in the incident have been hospitalized.

Meanwhile, an eight-month year-old baby is reported to be washed away by a current in Wattala area this afternoon.  At the same time, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air force rescued two fishermen and their fishing boat while it was drifting in rough waves in Negombo.

In the meantime, the Kelani River started overflowing due to heavy showers on its catchments.

The Irrigation Department warned the residents living in low line areas of the river bank, to be cautious as increasing water levels could develop into floods.

Pahala Hanwella, Ihala Hanwella, Niripola, Diddeniya, Aatigala, Ambulgama, Ranala, Navagamuwa, Bomiriya, Malwana, Biyagama, Kelaniya, Grandpas, New Kelani Bridge, Ambatale and Wellampitiya could be affected due to imminent floods.  Surrounding areas of Avissawella have also been affected by floods of Kelani River.

At the same time, floods are imminent in Ratnapura and Millakanda areas due to the overflowing of the Kalu Ganga. 

In addition, the Disaster management center urges the residents living in the low line areas of Deduru Oya, as the river is overflowing. 

Surrounding areas of Bingiriya, Maho, Kobeigane, Nikaweratiya, Rasnayakapura, Pallama, Arachchikattuwa, Chilaw and Wariyapola could be affected due to overflowing of Deduru Oya.

Also seven sluice gates out of the eight have already been opened due to floods.

In addition, the sluice gates of the reservoirs at Veheragala, Thabbova, Maw Aara, Rajanganaya, Polgolla and Upper Kotmale have also been opened due to torrential rains in their catchments.

Meanwhile, the level of water in Diyawanna oya has also risen due to the prevailing rainy weather.

Measures have been taken to place sand bags to prevent water from entering the parliamentary grounds.

In addition, the National Building Research Organization noted that the warning of landslides issued to Matale, Badulla, Moneragala, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara and Kurunegala districts will be further extended.

Transportation, on several roads in Colombo, Gampaha, Galle and Kalutara areas has been obstructed due to landslips.

The highest rainfall with the past 24 hours has been reported from the Kilinochchi area, which amounts to 373.2 mm.

In addition 262mm of rain was reported from Katunayake while 256.9mm of rain was reported from Colombo.

The Met department noted that the prevailing depression zone is currently moving towards Tamil Nadu.

However, the department also stated that despite a decrease in rainfall, strong winds may likely occur in certain areas, while thunder showers can be expected in many parts of the island tonight.

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