Sri Lanka floods and landslides; death toll rises to 92

Monday, 23 May 2016 - 6:47


The death toll due to disasters resulting from the inclement weather has risen to 93, while 109 persons are still missing.

Disaster Management Centre said that 237 thousand 240 persons still remain at safe locations after being displaced due to the inclement weather that affected 22 districts.

Meanwhile the water level of Kelani River continues to recede.

Irrigation Department’s Water Management Division Director Prema Hettiarachchi said that the Kelani River’s water level had reached a maximum level of 7.2 feet, and has decreased since to 4.5 feet.

The Department of Meteorology states that showers will occur at times in the Western, North-Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces.

Showers or thunder showers may occur at a few places in the Eastern province after 2.00 pm.

Duty Meteorologist Buddhika Bandulal stated that strong windy conditions over the country seas around the island will continue further particularly over the Southern, Eastern and Northern sea areas.

The Air Force and the Navy carried out rescue operations yesterday in water-logged areas.

The assistance of the three armed forces has also been deployed for cleaning houses in inundated areas.

Similarly reports say that the Government has also decided to set up Disaster Management Committees covering all disaster-affected Divisional Secretariat Areas.

The Home Affairs Ministry said that a daily report about the prevalent disaster condition was scheduled to be submitted to the President and the Prime Minister.

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