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Friday, 26 May 2017 - 19:04
Death toll from rough weather rises to 91, District secretaries report nearly 140 still missing
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91 persons have died following the inclement weather conditions affecting 7 districts of the country.

According to reports produced by District Secretaries, 152 persons have reported to be missing.

Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Colombo, Hambantota and Gampaha districts have been affected by the adverse weather conditions.

The highest number of deaths was reported from Kalutara district which was 37.

29 deaths were reported from Ratnapura district.

The district secretaries stated that an official statement cannot be made on the total number of persons affected by the inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre noted that it only received information on 28 deaths and 66 cases of reported persons.

The National Building Research Organization advises those residing in areas with landslides to evacuate immediately.

Speaking to our news team, director of Landslides of the NBRO, RMS Bandara stated that the risk of landslides can increase if rainfall continues for the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the government has informed those residing near rivers to evacuate immediately as there is a risk of devastating floods in the next 48 hours.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Fisheries has appointed a special committee to provide boats for rescue operations.

Accordingly, the ministry can be contacted on 071 64 53 402, 077 46 52 278 or 077 34 10 575 if boats are required for rescue operations.   

Furthemore, the Air Force can be contacted on 011 2 343 970 to provide information regarding rescue operations.

Meanwhile, Army Media Spokesperson, Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna stated that the tri forces and the police are providing their continuous support for rescue operations.

He stated that 800 army personnel, 6 helicopters of the Air Force including two Bell 212 helicopters and 28 rescue teams of the Sri Lanka Navy have been deployed for rescue operations.



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