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Thursday, 20 December 2012 - 19:07
Those distressed by disasters top three hundred thousand
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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 14 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 349 thousand 16 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.

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.

The Ministry of Disaster Management informed that relief is provided continuously for the public displaced due to disasters.

Minister for Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera stated that strict measures will be taken against negligent officials during the relief providing activities.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera expressed these views while attending a cabinet decisions media briefing.

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

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