11, 2003 - 10.30 GMT]
Heavy rains have once
again inundated the urban areas of the Island Thursday, especially in the
vicinity of the Kalu Ganga [river] in the Ratnapura district yesterday. By
evening these areas were almost 17 feet under water after hours of downpour.
The area was hit in May this year by devastating floods which left at least
200 dead and more than 85, 000 families homeless.
It is also reported that
in addition to the Kalu Ganga, other rivers in the area are also on the
rise. Many highways around Ratnapura were hit by minor floods, which brought
road transport to a standstill.
Many areas where persons
displaced just two months ago were re-located were also going under water
according to yesterday’s report.
There have been no fresh
reports of heavy rains today.
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Date: July 11, 2003 - 10.30