June 06, Colombo: More than 119,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Friday.
At least 23 people have been killed so far and one more is missing after torrential rains lashed the island for five days causing floods and landslides, mostly in Western and Southern Provinces.
According to the DMC, 119,546 people belong to 29,209 families have been affected while 18,285 people from 4,493 families have been housed in shelters.
The government has deployed security forces and relief workers to distribute food parcels and clear the affected areas.
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in coordination with district authorities is assessing the early recovery needs of the people affected by floods in several districts.
The SLRCS has identified providing access to safe drinking water, cleaning public places and ensuring living conditions are brought back to normalcy as most important areas to focus on.
SLRCS Branches in the affected areas are mobilizing volunteers to do the needful, the SLRCS said.
Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura, Gampaha, Kegalle, Colombo, Matara, Kurunegala and Nuwara-Eliya are the districts affected.
The Red Cross has expressed concern with regard to the possible rise of vector-borne and diarrheal disease soon after a flood situation.
The DMC expects the flood situation to get worse closer to the southern coastal areas as the rivers, which flow into the sea from these areas are rising.