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Death toll rises to 12

The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources and Disaster Management yesterday (11) said that 12 deaths in five districts were reported and 18 were injured due to the adverse weather conditions that are prevailing in the country. Ministry sources added that 75,241 individuals (18,736 families) have been affected.

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that, out of the 12 deaths, eight were caused by electricity mishaps in Kalutara and Galle, two by drowning in Ratnapura and Colombo while another two by falling trees in the Ratnapura and Kegalle areas.

The National Disaster Relief Centre (NDRC) has allocated Rs 28.54 million for relief services of the affected Districts and the Divisional Secretariats are also advised to address the immediate needs of affected persons.

According to the DMC, the Kalutara, Galle, Colombo and Gampaha areas have been the worse affected. Over eight thousand people and 1,797 families are displaced. The highest rainfall of 50.4 milimetres was recorded in Galle. Rainfall has reduced in catchment areas and flood waters were receding, allowing relief services to be more effective.

“People of the Galle, Kegalle, Ratnapura and Badulla Districts need to be watchful of landslides. The Landslide Red Alert is still effective in the Kalutara District”, sources added.

The Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) at the DMC said that they have coordinated with Military agencies and the Police to mobilize troops for response action in the event of a crisis.

“Four sluice gates of the Rajanganaya Tank in Anuradhapura, four gates of the Dadura Oya in Puttalam and the Laxapana in Kandy have been opened to diminish the water level and the Kotmale tank has been closed now,” the DMC said.

The Department of Meteorology said that two cyclones (Titly and Luban) that were affecting Sri Lanka, are moving away at present. Moreover, there will be no more major impact to the weather in Sri Lanka.

The Department said that the inter-monsoon has been established over the country and showers would be expected in the evenings from yesterday onwards.

Director General at the Meteorology Department, S. Premalal made a request to the public to keep in contact with the relevant Departments, so that they can human injuries as well as casualties.

(Ceylon Today)

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