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Saturday, 21 May 2016 - 13:31
Water level of Kelani River to subside in 3 days
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The Department of Irrigation says the water level of Kelani River is gradually receding.

Director of Irrigation Department’s Water Resources Division Prema Hettiarachchi noted that the water level of the river will normalize within the next 3 days.

She further noted that the persons displaced after floods would be able to return to their homes within the next week.

The Air Force took measures today to airlift relief aid for distribution among the displaced persons in several areas including Kolonnawa, Sedawatta and Wellampitiya.

According to the Air Force media spokesman, 10 rounds of flights were implemented for the relief distribution.

The death toll due to the disasters caused by the inclement weather has risen up to 71 so far.

According to the latest statistics of the Disaster Management Centre, the number of affected persons stands at 375,604.

In addition, 278,528 persons have been placed in relief camps, while 127 persons are still missing.

The Department of Meteorology has noted that the rainy weather will subside in due course.

However, Director General of the Met Department Lalith Chandrapala told our news team that strong winds can be expected along the coastal areas around the island.

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