68,343 people affected by the heavy rains

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4,075 families sheltered at 

137 temporary camps


By Yohan Perera and Thilanka Kanakarathna

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said yesterday the heavy rains had so far affected 68,343 people belonging to 18,079 families in 110 Divisional Secretariats in 18 districts, while 12,132 people belonging to 4,075 families were being sheltered at 137 temporary camps. Meanwhile, nine deaths have also been reported.

The affected districts are Mullativu, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Galle, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Moneragala, Matara, Hambantota,Vavuniya, Gampaha, Matale, Polonnaruwa and Colombo.   
Floods were reported from Kuruwita, Nivithigala, Eheliyagoda, Kahawatta, Kiriella, Pelmadulla, Opanayaka, Ayagama and Balangoda in the Ratnapura District, Elpitiya, Weliwatta, Akmeemana and Ambalangoda in the Galle District, Milleniya, Bulathsinhala, Horana, Agalawatte, Parinda Nuwara, Dodangoda, Walallawita, Mathugama and Bandaragama in the Kalutara District, Kirinda in Matara, Ruwanwella, Galigamuwa in the Kegalle District and Nagalagam Steet, Seethawaka and Kolonnawa in the Colombo District.   

Minor landslides were reported from the Kalutara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya districts.   

DMC Deputy Director and Media Spokesman Pradeep Kodipilly said water levels were rising in most of the main rivers including the Kelani ganga, Mahaweli ganga, Nilwala ganga, Ging ganga, Kalu ganga and the Mahaoya.  A Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy spokesman said water levels of reservoirs used to produce hydro power were rising and the sluice gates at most of the major reservoirs opened. 

Meanwhile, the Met Department forecast that the prevailing weather conditions will continue and that rains of more than 150mm were expected in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western Provinces. As of last afternoon, several areas had received a rainfall of 200 mm including Kuliyapitiya in the Puttalam District.   


The Met Department forecast that the prevailing weather conditions will continue and that rains of more than 150mm were expected in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western Provinces


Navy rescues 172 marooned flood victims  


  • Adverse weather: Today, tomorrow critical   
  • Main rivers still remain in flood level    

By Darshana Sanjeewa   

At least 172 people including nine pregnant women, marooned by the flood waters, were rescued by the Navy.

  Navy Spokesman Dinesh Bandara said 130 flood victims in Walalawita, 21 in Nikawaratiya, nine pregnant women in Kalawana, nine people at Serathkuliya in Anamaduwa and three in Giriulla were among those rescued.   
He said 38 naval teams were deployed in eight districts to assist in the rescue and relief operations.   

Commander Bandara said some 100 Navy personnel were deployed for the operation while navy personnel from the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) had been deployed to clear the blocked Wakwella Bridge in Galle.   
He said SLN diving teams were also deployed in Raddolugama.   

Meanwhile, the Army said more than a hundred soldiers were deployed in flood and landslide affected areas across the country for relief and rescue operations.   Army Spokesman Sumith Attapattu said three- wheeled armoured personnel carriers (WMZ) and several boats were on standby for any emergency situations.   

Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake had instructed Director Operations of the Army Headquarters and other relevant Senior Officers to monitor the development and take all necessary measures in close cooperation with state agencies and respective local authorities.   

Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne said SLAF aircraft and rescue teams are in full readiness for deployment in rescue and relief operations.