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* Death toll from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rises to 146, another 112 missing
Sun, May 28, 2017, 01:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 28, Colombo: The death toll from flooding and mudslides brought about by torrential rains in Sri Lanka rose to 146 on Sunday while another 112 are reported missing, the Disaster Management Center said in its latest situation report.

According to the DMC figures issued at noon today, 442,299 people belonging to 114,124 families were affected in 15 Districts due to the flood situation while 101,638 people belonging to 24,603 families were located at 319 safe locations.

The water levels in many inundated areas are reducing now but, it still remains at a higher level in low-lying areas and in Ging, Nilwala, and Kalu rivers.

Although the weather has cleared, more rains are forecast for Sunday and Monday. Showery conditions are likely to enhance again over south-western part of the island from tomorrow, the Meteorology Department cautioned.

"Fairly strong winds at times (up to 50-60 kmph) can be expected over the island. These winds can be strengthened during showers," the Met Department alerted.

Government has informed the heads of all the public institutions to call their officers as necessary for relief work despite the weekend. Tri Forces and the Police also have taken steps to call more officers as required, the Government Information Department said.

Further, the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has introduced three hotlines 1987 (C.E.B.), 1910 (LECO), and 1901 (Ministry) for public to make complaints on power outages.

Meanwhile, the President and the Prime Minster have instructed the Finance Secretary to release money needed for relief measures and to compensate the damages.

 


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