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Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 8:56
Death toll from natural disasters hit 100; 99 missing and over 200,000 affected
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100 persons have died and 99 others missing due to adverse weather conditions affecting 14 districts.

Over 200,000 persons are reportedly affected.

Colombo, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Gampaha, Kandy, Matale, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu, Vavunia and Batticaloa districts were affected by inclement weather conditions.

Floods, landslides, collapsing of earth banks and strong winds affected these areas.

200 thousand 382 persons belonging to 52,503 families in 14 districts have been affected while 12 thousand 007 displaced people have been given temporary shelter at 69 relief camps.

Meanwhile, Nilwala, Ging and Kalu rivers are also overflowing affecting Matara, Galle, Ratnapura and Kalutara districts.

Many areas in Matara are also submerged while flood water levels in some low lying areas are gradually receding.

Meanwhile, Ratnapura District Secretary Malani Lokupothaagama stated that relief operations are continuing to rescue those affected.

Meanwhile, Directress of the Irrigations Department Prema Hettiarachchi said that water levels of all rivers are gradually receding.

The government says that they request fisheries and tourist business owners to offer boats to be deployed for rescue efforts in affected areas.

Also all leave of officials attached to District and Divisional offices in affected areas have been cancelled until further notice.

Meanwhile, Army Media Spokesperson, Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna stated that the tri forces and the police have provided 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.

Meanwhile, the Army has allocated 2 more numbers to inform regarding the disaster situation where 076 690 7125 will be the hotline for Ratnapura and

076 690 7206 is dedicated for Galle and Matara.

The MET Department stated that although rain has reduced monsoonal showers and windy conditions will continue over south-western part of the island.

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