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Monday, 28 May 2018 - 20:22
Death toll due to inclement weather increased to 24
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Certain areas in Gampaha, Ja Ela & Puttlam remain inundated...
 
The death toll due to the inclement weather conditions has risen to 24.
 
74,310 persons of 45,680 families in 20 districts have been affected.
 
It has been reported that certain areas in Gampaha and Ja Ela remain inundated due to the flooding of the Attanagalu Oya, and several areas in Puttalam are remain inundated as well.
 
Meanwhile, the final rights of the police officer Dilan Sampath, who died while trying to save a 3-member family on Friday (May 25) in Madampe was held today at Malgamuwa in Giriulla today.
 
The late officer was given an honorary 21 gun salute.
 
Many police personnel including the Inspector General of Police attended the funeral.
 
The body of Officer Dilan Sampath who went missing whilst on a rescue mission was recovered yesterday.
 
Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Minister, Duminda Dissanayake has instructed the IGP to look into the difficulties faced by relief groups while assisting those affected by floods.
 
The instruction was issued by the Minister after he received complaints that certain groups are demanding extortions from relief providers.
 
Therefore, the Disaster management Center requests the public to inform on such persons or groups to 119 or 117.
 
A landslide warning has been issued for the districts of Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kalutara and Galle.
 
The Disaster Management Center says the warning was issued after taking into consideration the prevailing rainy weather conditions
 
Furthermore, the Department of Irrigation noted that the water levels of the Kalu River, Nilwala River and Attanagalu Oya have risen, and therefore requested that people living in the surrounding areas to remain vigilant.

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