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* Over 260,000 people affected by floods in Sri Lankan capital and suburbs
Thu, Nov 11, 2010, 09:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government Thursday said over 57,000 families have been affected by floods caused by record setting rains that lashed the capital Colombo and surrounding areas.

According to the Disaster Management Centre 260,109 people from 57,920 families have been affected so far and 11 houses have been completely damaged and 257 houses have been partially damaged.

The worst affected was Colombo district with 216,382 people being displaced.

The authorities have set up of 16 emergency centers in the Colombo district to accommodate the possibly flood-displaced people and distributed 165 temporary tents among the needy people.

Arrangements have been made to setup IDP Camps in Ratmalana, Kotte and Maligawatta areas, the DMC said.

The Disaster Management Centre has said that the government has disbursed Rs 20 million among the Government Agents of three affected districts with Colombo getting Rs. 10 million.

The heavy rains and floods have disrupted the power supply to the city and transportation has come to a standstill due to streets submerged with few feet of water.

Country's security forces have sprung into action providing their services to the flood displaced.

On the instructions of the Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, the Army has deployed around 1,800 troops to assist the flood victims, clear clogged culverts, waterways and drains, remove fallen trees and supply cooked meals, the Army said.

Meanwhile, Navy troops with trawlers have been deployed in Colombo areas to assist flood-stricken civilians, according to the Navy.

Despite the prevailing bad weather conditions a Sri Lanka Air Force Bell 212 helicopter was air borne from the Katunayake SLAF Base and flew low to perform damage assessment in the flood-stricken areas on Colombo-Kandy road, Panadura and Kalutara.

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