Sri Lanka issues evacuation orders after floods, landslides

ECONOMYNEXT – ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan authorities have asked people living on the slopes of hills and flood plains in the island’s southwest, taking the brunt of heavy monsoon rains, to evacuate to minimise risks from landslides and floods.

“If the rains continue within the next 24 hours, evacuate from unstable slopes to minimise disasters due to landslides and cut slope failures,” the Disaster Management Center said.

Water levels in the region’s major rivers including Kelani, which runs around the capital Colombo, Kalu, Walawe, Ging and Nilwala were rising due to heavy rains with the activation of the south-west monsoon, it said.

Residents in low-lying areas near these rivers have been asked to evacuate immediately owing to the threat of the waters overflowing, authorities said.

The military had been deployed to rescue people stranded by floods, and fishermen asked to hand over their boats and ferries for rescue operations.
(COLOMBO, May 26, 2017)

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