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* Death toll from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rises to 183, 103 still missing
Tue, May 30, 2017, 12:06 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 30, Colombo: The death toll from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rose to 183, with over half a million people displaced, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said in its latest report issued at 9 am Tuesday. Another 103 people are still missing and 112 are injured.

The DMC said 545,283 people belonging to 142,811 families were affected in 15 Districts due to the flood situation. Further, 80,409 people belonging to 20,101 families are sheltered at 361 safe locations.

The Center said currently flood levels are receding in highly affected areas.

The Meteorology Department in its weather forecast said the cyclonic storm 'MORA' is expected to get weakened when it enters the Bangladesh land today and the possibility for heavy rain and strong winds will be reduced by tomorrow. However, under its influence cloudy skies, windy and showery conditions are expected over the country today.

The Met Department warned that the sea area off the coast extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Kankasanthurai and sea area off the coast extending from Galle to Batticaloa via Hambantota can be very rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to 70-80 kmph.

Meanwhile, the tri-forces are continuing the rescue flood relief and Operations in areas affected by floods and landslides.

Charities meanwhile, have warned on Monday that thousands of people affected by the floods and landslides are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, as the death toll from the disaster continued to rise.


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