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Sunday, 04 June 2017 - 18:52
Monks evacuated from Pahiyangala Temple due to risks of landslides, Landslide warning extended
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The Disaster Management Center stated that mountainous areas are still posed with risks of landslides as the MET department has stated that rainfall can be expected in the next few days as well.

Furthermore, the National Building Research Organization extended the landslide warning that was issued for Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya districts for another 24 hours this afternoon.

Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Center, Pradeep Kodippili stated that those living in areas with risks of landslides should be vigilant about the warnings issued by the disaster management center.

Meanwhile, the death toll from inclement weather now stands at 212 while another 79 are still reported to be missing.

More than 700,000 are reported to have been affected by the inclement weather.

2,316 houses have been completely damaged while 12,515 houses have been partially damaged.

The Disaster Management Center noted that 24,820 persons are being sheltered at 226 makeshift camps.

Meanwhile, the monks residing in Pahiyangala Temple have been evacuated following the National Building Research Organization declaring the area as being prone to landslides.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply stated that a programme will be initiated in Kalutara district immediately to control the spreading of dengue disease.

Minister Rauff Hakeem who is in charge of reviving Kalutara expressed these views at a special discussion held on the rescue operations and restoration activities.

Meanwhile, the MET department stated that Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Wayamba and Southern provinces can experience showers this evening as well.



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