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Sunday, 22 May 2016 - 12:53
Death toll due to adverse weather rises to 82; Over 243,000 displaced
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The Department of Meteorology noted that the south-western monsoons would be expected to begin next week.

The south-western monsoon will be effective from May to September and it is expected to begin this year by the 23rd of this month.

However, the Director General of the Met Department Lalith Chandrapala noted that the exact date cannot be declared until the rains commence under suitable atmospheric conditions.

However, the Met Department further noted that heavy showers could be expected during the south-western monsoon season, following next week.

According to the Department of Irrigation, the water level of Kelani River, which caused floods in several areas, continues to recede further.

The death toll following the disasters ensued from the inclement weather has risen to 82 by now.

The latest statistics from the Disaster Management Centre shows that 348,476 persons have been affected, while 242,927 persons have been sheltered at relief camps.

The search operation for missing persons following the landslide at Samasara Kanda at Aranayake commenced for the 6th day today.

Body parts belonging to three victims have also been discovered this morning. 

Meanwhile, 13 families have been evacuated from the Ranala- Dedigama kanda areas to safer locations due to risks of landslide.

The Nawagamuwa Police stated that those in risk have moved to houses of relatives and friends.

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