Death toll increases to 102; 61 000 persons still displaced

Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 7:36


A total of 61 859 residents displaced by the landslides and floods are still staying in 250 makeshift camps. 

Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili stated that the death toll now stands at 102.

More than 100 persons are still missing.

The government requests the disaster victims to provide their details to relevant grama seva officers to obtain compensation for damaged and destroyed houses and property.

Meanwhile, the Government has decided to grant leave for public servants who were hit by the disaster and failed to report for duty.

Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara announced this decision during a media conference held in Colombo.

Head of the Land slide division of the National Research building institute R M S Bandara stated that Ratnapura, Kaluthara and Kegalle districts are still prone to landslides.

The met department states that Showers will occur at times in the Western, North-Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces.

Showers or thunder showers may occur at few places in the Uva and Eastern provinces, particularly after 2.00 pm.

Duty Meteorologist Janaka Bandara stated that Strong winds at times can be expected over the country particularly over Western slopes of the central hills and surrounding sea area.

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