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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - 19:07
The death toll from the weather disaster has risen to 203
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According to the latest statistics released by the Disaster Management Centre, another 96 persons are still missing while 631,346 members of 164,264 families have been affected by the disaster.

Death toll in the Ratnapura district has risen to 84 while 63 deaths were reported from the Kalutara district.

The Disaster Management Centre also stated that 1,508 houses were destroyed while 7,617 houses have been damaged.

It further stated that 77,643 members of 19,876 families have been sheltered in 368 makeshift camps.

Our correspondents in Matara, Ratnapura, Kalutara and Galle stated that although floods have receded, many low lying areas in these districts are still submerged.

Ratnapura District Secretary Malani Lokupotagama told our news team that more than 45,000 residents are still in distress due to floods.

At the same time, Kalutara District Secretary U.D.C. Jayalal said that 152,481 members of 39, 859 families are still sheltered in 94 makeshift camps.

In addition, Disaster management Center stated that floods in Galle and Matara districts are receding in a very slow pace.

In addition, the Disaster management Centre stated that 24,978 members of 6,446 families in the Gampaha and Colombo districts have also been affected by the inclement weather.

In the meantime, Nilvala entry point at Godagama which was closed for traffic, following the Southern Express Way being submerged, will further be kept closed.

At the same time, earthslip warnings that had been issued on the districts of Kalutara, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya will be in place for the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya announced today that a special electricity package will be introduced for the flood affected households.

At the same time, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the school uniform is not mandatory for the students in the disaster affected areas returning to school.

Meanwhile, Director of the Weather forecast unit Athula Karunanayake of the Meteorology Department stated that intermittent strong winds and rain could be expected in some parts of the island today as well.

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