Death Toll Rises to 13 Due To the Adverce Weather in Sri Lanka

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:03 GMT, May 24, 2018 |

The death toll due to the prevailing adverse weather has risen to 13.

The Disaster Management Center said over 100,000 people have been affected by the inclement weather thus far.

Deputy Director and Media Spokesman of the DMC Pradeep Kodippili noted 43,000 persons who have evacuated from danger zones, are housed in temporary shelters at present.

Kodippli said the public residing in Kalutara, Madurawela, Dodangoda, Horana, Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala, Ingiriya, Millaniya, Kiriella, Kuruwita, Alapatha and Ratnapura must continue to remain cautious, adding any persons residing near rivers must evacuate from the respective areas.

The DMC Spokesman also noted as spill gates of the Kukuleganga, Udawalalwe, Lakshapana and Rajanaganaya reservoirs remain open, the public in low lying areas particularly in the Chilaw, Puttalam and Aarachchikattuwa areas must remain vigilant.

The Deputy Director further noted the Red notice issued for the Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura, Kegalle and Nuwara Eliya districts remains in effect, while the National Building Research Organisation has urged the public to remain in shelters away from danger zones, or landslide prone areas until further notice. He also urged the public in hill regions to remain vigilant of any signs of landslides.

Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology says prevailing rainy conditions, particularly in the South-west of the island are expected to continue.

Showers will occur at times in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces. Showers are also likely, particularly after 2.00 pm today.

Furthermore showers will occur in the Jaffna, Mannar and Mullaitivu districts in the morning, while heavy falls, about 100-150 mm can be expected in the Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central and North- western provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts.

Fairly heavy falls, above 50 mm can be expected in the Northern Province as well.

Additionally the government says steps will be taken to provide maximum relief aid to the public affected by the adverse weather.

Accordingly the Ministry of Home affairs says the public must promptly contact their respective Grama Niladhari to inform of any damage to property or belongings.

The Ministry noted affected public are advised to contact 1902 to inform authorities of any prevailing situation.

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