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Sri Lanka’s extreme weather death toll climbs to 17; 26,000 displaced in floods, landslides

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s extreme weather death toll has risen to 17 as floods and landslides displaced some 26,000 people over the past few days, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on June 07.

So far 271,110 people have been affected by floods and landslides in the Gampaha, Ratanapura, Colombo, Puttalam, Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle, Kandy and Kurunegala districts, the DMC said.

According to DMC statistics, a majority of the affected are in the Gampaha district recording 161,383. In Colombo, 65,465 have been affected while Puttalam recorded 29,049.

Five persons have died in Kegalle and three each in Gampaha, Ratnapura and Puttalam. One death each was reported in Colombo, Kaluthara and Galle.

One person each is missing in Kalutara and Kurunegala. The DMC said searching operations are under way.

The number of relief centres has been increased to 106. The DMC said as of June 07, 26,806 people from 6,177 families have been evacuated to these camps.

Seventeen properties have been completely destroyed and 978 properties also sustained damages due to floods and landslides, the DMC said.

Measures are being taken to pay compensations for the damaged properties, the DMC said in its statement.

Meanwhile, Paragoda and Yatagampitiya on the Molkawa-Bulathsinhala road in Kalutara,Wiyaligoda, Mottunna, Wandurawa, Manalagoda, Bandaranayaka, Oruwathota, Ja Ela, Miris watte Pahlagama, Malwana, Minuwangoda–Veyangoda and Wattala roads in Gamapaha district have been blocked by flood water.

The Department of Meteorology said showers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and North Western provinces and in the Galle, Matara, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy districts on June 07.

“Fairly heavy rainfall about 50mm can be expected in parts of the Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts. Showers or thundershowers will occur in parts of the Uva and Eastern provinces during the evening or night,” the Met Department said.

Showers or thundershowers are also expected in several sea areas extending from Mannar to Matara via Colombo and Galle. Wind speeds are forecast to increase up to 50-55 kilometres per hour from 30-40 kilometers per hour in the sea areas extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota and from Puttalam to Kankasanturai via Mannar.

“The sea area extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota will be rough at times. Other sea areas around the island can be fairly rough at times. Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers,” the Met Department said.

The DMC meanwhile said water levels in the Kelani, Kalu, Gin Ganga, Niwala, Maha Oya and Attanagalu Oya rivers are expected to fall in the next few days. However, minor floods can occur in N’ Street, Putupaula, Ellagawa, Kalawellawa (Millakanda), Baddegama and Dunamale areas, it added. (Colombo/June 07/2021)

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