11 Deaths

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BY YOHAN PERERA AND KELUM BANDARAThe death toll due to floods, landslides and strong winds that ravaged the country during the past few days, has risen to eleven leaving some 226,378 people from 53,170 families badly affected. Six more were reported missing during the same period, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said. Some 114 houses were destroyed while 1,711 were damaged. Nearly 29,786 families are being sheltered in 224 camps. Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the disaster had been caused by a sudden increase in the average rainfall in the country. “Usually the average rainfall is 80mm but it exceeded 300mm in many places on Monday.The minister said Rs.100,000 will be paid as compensation to families who had lost their kith and kin.While providing relief to the affected, the minister said long term measures would be adopted to mitigate natural disasters. The Meteorology Department said the depression in the atmosphere had moved towards India but also said heavy showers might continue.