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Friday, 02 June 2017 - 19:08
Disaster death toll rises to 208 - 92 still missing – Risk of earth slips still remains
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The death toll from inclement weather has increased to 208.

The Disaster Management Centre noted that 92 individuals are still reported to be missing while 72 have been reported to be injured.

The highest death toll was reported from Ratnapura which stands at 85.

The death toll in Kalutara district was reported to be 63 while the death toll in Matara was reported as 31.

The Disaster Management Center further noted that 677,241 individuals have been affected by the inclement weather.

1,735 houses have been completely destroyed while another 9,432 houses have been partially destroyed due to the inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the landslide warning that was issued for 7 districts has been extended for another 24 hours from 2 PM today.

The National Building Research Organization announced that Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya districts will pose risks of earth slips and embankment collapses in the event of continuous rainfall in those districts.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Fisheries has added 350 boats for the rescue operations of those displaced by floods and landslides.

The ministry in a communiqué noted that the boats are being used in Galle, Matara, Tangalle, Kalutara and Gampaha districts.

Meanwhile, the European Union stated that it will grant 300,000 Euros, which is equivalent to approximately 51 million rupees, to provide relief to those affected by the inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the MET department stated that an increase in showers can be expected in the South Western region of the country today.

Accordingly, the MET department stated that Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and Wayamba provinces will experience showers from time to time while certain districts can expect showers exceeding 100 mm.
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