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Thursday, 20 December 2012 - 13:04
25 Deaths due to disasters. Malwathu Oya also overflows
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5 more deaths from floods and earth slips were reported yesterday, bringing the death toll to 25 while the number missing rose to 15 and injured to 34.

The Disaster Management Centre said relief for those affected is being provided and rescue operations were being conducted by the Army, Navy and the Police.

The DMC said the number of families affected by heavy rains, winds, landslides and floods increased.

A total of 267 thousand persons from over 69 thousand 133 families have been affected by floods, landslides and cyclonic winds that accompanied torrential rains in several parts of the country during the past few days.

Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodipillai speaking to our news team elaborated further.

Issuing a release the NBRO states that these threats remain active for the next 24 hours for the districts of Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Mathale, Kurunegala & Hambanthota.

Moreover the Department Of Irrigation states that 35 out of a total of 71 reservoirs coming under the purview of the department have reached imminent spill level, while the sluice gates of 15 reservoirs have been opened against the rising water levels.

Director of the Water Management Unit of the Department of Irrigation Janaki Meegasthanne expressed the following views to our news team in this regard.

Moreover the Department Of Irrigation states that 31 out of a total of 71 reservoirs coming under the purview of the department have reached imminent spill level, while the sluice gates of 13 reservoirs have been opened against the rising water levels.

Duty meteorologist of the Department of Meteorology Meril Mendis predicted more showers for the Eastern, Uwa and North Central provinces, as well as for the Kurunegala & Hambanthota Districts.

Meanwhile, Patients, who were receiving treatment admitted at the Chilaw Hospital, have been rushed to other hospitals.

It is reported that rising water levels were flooding the hospital and its surrounding areas making it difficult to continue its operations.

Hence patients, who were admitted, have been transferred to the Ragama, Marawila, and Colombo General Hospital this morning.

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