Floods wreck havoc, kills 19 in Sri Lanka

Floods wreck havoc, kills 19 in Sri Lanka

SAM Staff,

The heavy pre-monsoon rains that have continued for the past ten days in Sri Lanka have killed at least nineteen and affected more than 150,000 people in 19 Districts, the Disaster Management Centre in Colombo said.

Over 4000 houses, mainly in the south and north central Sri Lanka have been fully or partially damaged.

Flooding has been the main cause of damage thus far, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said in a statement adding that the prevailing weather is expected to continue. Matara, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Galle, Kurunegala, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Badulla are some of the districts affected by the rains.

Landslide warnings were issued on several locations while people living downstream near rivers and reservoirs reaching spill levels were asked to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate.

The police, and tri forces are currently engaged in search and rescue missions and providing relief to those who were affected by the rising water levels.

President Sirisena, has instructed relevant authorities to immediately provide relief to the affected people.

Data provided by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) showed that 169 crucial infrastructure assets have been damaged in 14 affected districts across the island.

Irrigation and Water Resources and Disaster Management State Minister Palitha Range Bandarahas stated that a compensation of Rs.1 million will be offered for those who have lost their lives while engaged in their daily occupations.

The Road Development Authority (RDA) restricted road routesin some locations as soil erosion had been identified while train services to the Badulla district  and electricity supply to some locations were disrupted due to the rains and landslides.

The Government has set up 194 safety centres, where 27,621 persons are being housed, including 7,525 families.

Over 200 people were killedlast year May when flash floods and landslides created mayhem across Sri Lanka.