Tropical cyclone Okhi leaves 15 dead in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – Strong winds and lashing rain from tropical cyclone OKHI left 15 people dead or missing and more than 2000 houses and 600 businesses damaged or destroyed in Sri Lanka.

Heavy rains were experienced over Wednesday in the Western and Southern parts of the island as a tropical depression developed in to cyclone in the Indian Ocean, south west of the island, but it is moving away from the country.

Gusting winds brought down trees in Sri Lanka’s capital and elsewhere, blocking roads while downpours swelled rivers.

Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Office said 15 people died with 9 dead in Kaluthara in the Western province and 6 in Gampaha.

Wind and floods had destroyed 159 houses and damaged a further 2,043 by late Thursday.

Another 672 businesses had been damaged.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology said heavy rains over 100 millimetres could still fall in the North, North Central, UVa, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces. a global weather service, said while Okhil was moving away from the seas off island’s West, another tropical depression system could develop in the seas off the East of the island.

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