May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army troops engaged recovery operations at the landslide site in Aranayake in Kegalle district recovered seven more bodies bringing the death toll from the flash floods and landslides to 92, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.
The Army recue teams by Monday (23) have managed to recover 24 bodies, including a child, six women and seventeen males, according to Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera.
Commander of the Army has instructed all respective Commanding Officers to be alert to the post-disaster consequences since the flood waters are now fast receding and displaced people have begun returning to their dwelling places.
Several medical teams of the Army have set up their mobile clinics in Colombo region-based relief centers and elsewhere in Bulathkohupitiya and Aranayake areas.
According to the latest figures released by the DMC by Monday evening, 107 people in the landslide-hit areas are still missing. Most of the deaths, a total of 59, occurred in the Kegalle district when two landslides struck three villages in Aranayake and Bulathkohupitiya.
As of Monday, 126,666 people belonging to 26,536 families are still in shelters while 258,407 people from 63,377 families are affected by the adverse weather.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department said the south-west monsoon condition is gradually establishing over the country and more showers will occur at times in the Western, North-Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Fairly heavy falls around 75mm are also likely at some places.
The Department cautioned that Strong windy conditions over the country and in the sea areas around the island will continue further particularly over the Southern, Eastern and Northern sea areas.