Dec 01, Colombo: At least five people including a family of four were reported dead due to adverse weather conditions prevailed in Sri Lanka as a result of the rainstorm that swept across several parts of the country yesterday causing landslides in the central hills.
The Disaster Management Center says 5,415 persons from 10 districts have been affected by the inclement weather.
Three people in the same family were killed after a mound of earth fell on their house in the Malapattawa area in Padiyapalella, Nuwara Eliya yesterday night. Four people were in the house when the disaster happened and bodies of the parents and once child were recovered today. Body of the fourth member of the family, a 15 year old girl has not been recovered yet. However, the recovery operations have been hampered by the bad weather.
A landslide in Urumithenna mountain caused by the heavy rains in the Bibila area has damaged four houses. Members of 20 families displaced by the landslide are sheltered at the Neelagiri Viharaya in Medapitiya.
Four sluice gates of the Tabbowa reservoir have been opened. Due to this, the public in Tabbowa, Thevanuwara and Mylankulama areas have been warned to be vigilant of flash floods.
Meanwhile, two people in Naula in Matale District and in Dimbulagala in Polonnaruwa district have been killed by elephant attacks.
The Meteorology Department meanwhile expected the prevailing showery condition to continue over the island next few days.
Heavy showers about 100-150 mm are likely at some places in Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara and Badulla districts.
Fairly heavy showers about 100 mm are likely elsewhere, particularly in Ratnapura, Kegalle Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Matale, Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the sea areas extending from Kankasanthurai to Hambantota via Trincomalee and Batticaloa and the sea areas extending from Kankasanthurai to Negombo via Mannar and Puttalam will be fairly rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to 50 kmph at times.