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Friday, 19 July 2019 - 18:29
7 deaths due to adverse weather - 44 fishing boats drift away into deep sea
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Seven deaths were reported due to the current disaster situation which erupted following heavy rain in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Hambantota districts.

A 31-year old mother, her 3 and 9 year old daughters were killed when a tree uprooted and fell on a three-wheeler at the 11th Mile post in Suriyawewa this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said that 341 persons belonging to 89 families have been displaced due to the prevailing inclement weather.

Meanwhile, several spill gates of Lakshapana, Kukuleganga and Upper Kotmale reservoirs continue to be kept open.

At the same time, the Irrigation Department stated that the water level of Kelani, Kalu, Ging, Nilwala rivers and, Kirindi Oya, Maduru Oya and Yan Oya, as well as their tributaries, have returned to normal.

In addition, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department stated that 44 multiday fishing boats have drifted away into the deep sea due to the adverse weather.

Department operation director, Kalyani Hevapathirana stated that there are about 60 fishermen on board these affected fishing boats.

She further said that her department has already communicated to the Maldivian and Indian governments to provide protection to the affected fishermen and their boats.

Meanwhile, the Met Department stated that it expects the prevailing rain to decline from today.
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