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Friday, 28 December 2012 - 18:41
31,000 displaced due to inclement weather housed at welfare camps; Several routes in North-East inundated
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The Disaster Management Centre states that 359,619 individuals belonging to 97,923 families have been severely inconvenienced by the inclement weather.

According to the latest report made available by the DMC 39 individuals have been killed while 7 others have been pronounced missing.

A total of 12,454 homes have been partially destroyed, while another 4,176 have been completely destroyed.

Furthermore 31,861 displaced individuals have been placed at 184 welfare camps.

Moreover the Disaster Management Centre also states that the disaster situation applicable to the Northern, Eastern, North Central, Central & North Central parts of the island still stands in effect due to the incessant showers being experienced in the areas.

According to the Department of Irrigation, the sluice gates of 46 reservoirs out of the 71 coming under its purview have been released.

Meanwhile the Daduru Oya has also reached spill level, while according to the Department of Irrigation the sluice gates of 10 more reservoirs would be required to be released.

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

Moreover police cautions area residents of Chilaw to remain vigilant since water levels of the Daduru Oya has risen.

However the Department of Meteorology states that the incessant showers being experienced at present may subside during the days to come.

Duty Meteorologist at the Met Department Channa Rodrigo expressed the following views to our news team in this regard.

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