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Sunday, 27 May 2018 - 19:21
Rain continues to affect Puttlam and Gampaha
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The Disaster Management Center says 23 people have died and 166,268 individuals have been affected by the inclement weather that is prevailing in 20 districts.   

The Met Department stated that a temporary reduction of showers can be expected from today even though the Southwestern monsoon has formed over the island.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has issued directives to close all schools in Gampaha educational zone tomorrow as several roads have been inundated with the Aththanagalu Oya overflowing.

Puttalam and Gampaha districts continue to be affected by heavy rainfall.

Puttalam District Secretary, N. H. M. Chithrananda stated that 15 out of the 16 divisions in Puttalam district have been affected by the inclement weather.

He stated that spill gates in Deduru Oya and Rajanganaya reservoirs continue to be kept open and that measures have been taken to provide relief to those affected.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Disaster Management, Duminda Dissanayake visited Puttalam district to inspect the situation in the area.

The Minister held a discussion with officials at the Maha Oya divisional secretariat and has stated that compensation will be paid for all houses damaged by floods.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old police constable, who died while attempting to rescue people who were caught in floods in Galmuruwa South Galwala in Madampe, has been promoted posthumously to the post of Sergeant.

The body of the constable was recovered this morning during a special operation carried out by the Navy.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre noted that the landslide warnings issued to Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kalutara, Galle, Kurunegala, Colombo and Gampaha districts will continue to be in effect for the next 24 hours.

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