Death toll due to adverse weather increased to 17; 7500 distressed.-weather
The death toll due to landslides and accidents occurring in coincidence with the heavy rainfall has increased up to 15.
The police said that two others had gone missing.
The Kalutara District was the most affected by the inclement weather.
Twelve out of the reported death toll of 15, are from the Kalutara District.
As a result of earth-slips occurring in Matugama, Kitulgoda, Dhammagey Watta and Polwattagoda three persons of the same family and two others were killed this dawn.
While the mother and father of the same family who had been sleeping were killed as a result of an earth-slip that occurred on a house in Agalawatta in Matugama this dawn, one of their sons who had been in the house saved his life.
Meanwhile while three persons were killed as a result of another earth-slip occurring in Mahagama in Bulathsinhala in Kalutara, a 73-year old person was killed in an earth-slip occurring at Kudaakalupahana in Meegahataenna in Kalutara.
Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that the 2 persons who were reported missing after being caught up in a gush of water near Gaala Junction in Kiribathgoda and Eramudugoda in Akuressa have still not been found.
Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili stated that 7,476 persons belonging to 1,856 families have been affected.
Meanwhile, the landslide warning issued to 5 divisional secretariat divisions in Kalutara and 2 in Galle is still in place.
Director of the National Building Research Organization R M S Bandara stated that the warning will be in place till 3.30 PM today.