Death toll from flooding rises

The death toll from the current heavy rains has risen to eight and 9 others are injured the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today Dec 10.

According to the DMC’s situation report today, 4 deaths occurred due to increased flooding in areas such as Moneragala, Ampara and Trincomalee Districts. 

Earlier, 3 people died due to a  landslide in Nuwara Eliya District and one person died accidentally when he was hit by a falling tree in Killinochchi District.

A total number of 153,377 people belonging to 44,952 families are affected due to the incessant rain. Thirty houses have been completely damaged while 1,325 houses are partially damaged. 

Moreover, 4,276 people belonging to 1,209 families are moved into 47 safety locations. 

Meanwhile, Meteorology Department reported this morning that showers will occur in Eastern, Uva, North- Central, Central and Northern provinces as well as in Hambantota District after 1:00 pm today.

Heavy showers which will bring between 75 to 100 mm are expected in Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Districts. Fairly heavy showery condition bringing about 50-75 mm of rain is expected in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and as well as in Galle, Matara and Mullaitivu districts.

However, prevailing heavy showers in Northern half of the island is expected to reduce from tomorrow, the Meteorology Department said. 

“General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers”,  the Met Department warned.

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