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Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 9:49
Weather havoc : Over 119,000 affected
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The Met Department says that ongoing rains in the South-western part of the island are expected to continue.
 
Periodic showers or thunderstorms will occur in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central, and North-Western provinces, with the same expected elsewhere, after 2 pm.
 
Heavy rainfall around 150 mm is predicted in Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central and North-western provinces and also in the Galle and Matara districts.
 
Meanwhile, 11 deaths have been reported, with over 119,000 individuals in 18 districts have been adversely affected by the inclement weather.
 
The Disaster Management Centre noted that the flood victims are being sheltered at 229 camps.
 
As water levels of Kalu River rose due to heavy rains, residents in low lying areas in and around Ratnapura and Kalutara districts were evacuated with the assistance of the DMC and security forces.
 
Residents of Ratnapura, Kiriella, Elapatha, Kuruwita, Kalutara, Dodangoda, Horana, Palinda Nuwara, Bulathsinhala and Ingiriya have been evacuated.
 
The Assistant Director of the DMC Pradeep Kodipilli noted that those who have been directed to safer locations should remain at these locations until further notice.
 
The Puttalam and Ratnapura districts are still severely impacted by heavy rainfall.
 
Our reporters said that as a result of all minor tanks in the Puttalam District exceeding spill-over level, low-lying areas in Mahawewa, Madampe, Naththandiya, and Aarachchikattuwa have been inundated.

Certain low-lying areas in Gampaha and Colombo districts have also been flooded.

Reports state that as a result of Kelani River overflowing, roads in Biyagama and Malwana in addition to other low-lying areas are still flooded.

met department states that ongoing rains in the South-western part of the island are expected to continue.






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