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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 - 8:26
13 persons still remain missing as a result of disasters; Sluice gates in reservoirs still remain open.
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Floods and earthslips triggered by torrential rains accompanied by gale force winds across the country have left 15 dead and over 80 thousand affected.

13 persons are also reported missing while 20 others are injured.

The Disaster Management Centre announced that the number of families affected by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains that lashed the country during the last few days have increased.

A total of 80 thouasnd persons belonging to 25 thousand families have been affected by landslides, floods and strong winds caused by rains in Southern, Central, North Central, Uva, Eastern and North Western Provinces.

Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippli elaborating further on the current situation had this to say…..

Meanwhile, the Navy has dispatched flood relief assistance to the areas affected by bad weather.

SLN Craft and 15 flood relief teams comprising 106 Naval personnel have been deployed to assist people in the areas of Wilgamuwa, Aralaganwila, Polonnaruwa, Manampititya, Vakarai, Maha Oya, Wariyapola, Bakamoona and Batuhena.

The National Building Research Organization stated that Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and Matale districts will be at risk of disaster situations such as landslides and rock falls, if showers continue for the next 24 hours.

A number of spill gates of the main reservoirs have been opened due to the heavy rains and the Meteorology Department said during the next 24 hours there will be a decrease in the rain.

Meteorologist Paboda Karunapala elaborating further had this to say….

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