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Thursday, 01 June 2017 - 13:33
Motorists travelling along the Southern Expressway advised to be extra cautious
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The Meteorology Department states that heavy rainfall could be expected in the next 24 hours.

Duty Meteorologist Sachinthaa Jayasekara stated that rainfall has been predicted in Ratnapura, Galle and Kalutara later tonight.

The death toll resulting from the severe weather now stands at 203.

Disaster Management Centre states that  96 persons are still reported missing while 631 thousand 740 individuals have been impacted by the disaster.

The Death toll in 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 have been destroyed while 7,617 have been damaged.

Meanwhile, drinking water supplies have been fully restored.

The General Manager of the Water Supply and Drainage board D.U. Sumanasekera told our news team that alternative pipe lines have been used to restore the supply, as some pipes had been affected at Labugama reservoir.

Meanwhile, the ministry of Power and Renewable energy stated that 90% of electricity supplies in the disaster affected areas have already been restored.

Media spokesman for the ministry Sulakshana Jayawardana said that an  additional workforce has been deployed in those areas to speed up ongoing repairs.

The Godagama Nil-vala entry of the southern Expressway has been reopened to traffic.

Operational Director of the Southern Expressway S. Opanayake said motorists should still be extra cautious.

 

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