June 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed state officials to assess the situation in the areas hit by heavy rains and winds and provide urgent relief to the people affected by the disaster.
Under the President's directions, the government has taken measures to provide an immediate payment of Rs 15,000 each to the families of flood and landslide victims.
Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera has said the families of the 17 persons who died will receive the relief payment immediately.
The Disaster Management Centre has taken prompt measures to provide cooked food and dry rations to the affected families. Relief has been provided to the affected people through the Divisional Secretariats.
According to the Disaster Management Center sources, death toll from landslides and flooding due to the prevailing adverse weather condition affecting parts of the country has risen up to 17 and 13 of the deaths have been reported from Kalutara district alone. One person has been reported missing. Earth slips have been blamed for most of the deaths in the Kalutara district.
Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said that 7,476 persons belonging to 1,856 families have been affected.
Kalutara district has been affected the hardest by the adverse weather. According to the DMC 1,209 families in the district are affected by the floods while 583 families are affected in Gampaha district.
The security forces have been deployed to rescue and assist the victims of floods and earth slips.
A landslide warning issued by the National Building Research Organization in view of the inclement weather is still in effect for Kalutara and Galle districts.
Ceylon Electricity Board meanwhile said that the power supply to flooded areas in Matugama, Kitulgoda, Bulathsinhala and Kukuleganga in the Kalutara District has been disconnected for public safety.