Floods and landslides in many parts of the country have left at least 14 people killed and over 6,000 displaced, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said yesterday.
Floods and landslide warnings are in effect in Kandy, Matale, Kurunegala, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Polonnaruwa, Hambantota, Moneragala and Batticaloa districts. Matale, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa are the worst affected districts.
According to the Disaster Management Center, as of noon yesterday 6,312 people of 1,791 families have been evacuated to 29 shelters in the affected districts. Another 21,120 people are affected by the floods and landslides.
The DMC announced that the death toll of the rains has risen to 14 by last afternoon. Eight of the deaths occurred in Matale district.
Assistant director of the Disaster Management Center Pradeep Kodippili told media the number is likely to rise.
A large number of small and big reservoirs are spilling, Irrigation Department said. The spill gates of these reservoirs have been opened.
Kalaweva, Rajanganaya Weva, Inginimitiya, Upper Kothmale, Uda Walawe, Veheragala and Lunugamvehera are some of the big reservoirs that are spilling.
According to the DMC, in Polonnaruwa 2,901 people have been evacuated to 11 shelters. Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa main road inundated at Gallala and Polonnaruwa-Somawathiya road inundated at Sungawilla.
The DMC said it has provided relief to the affected and conducted rescue missions in coordination with the Military and Police.
Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the assistance of the three armed forces is being obtained for the relief operations and all necessary measures have been taken to provide cooked food to the victims. Necessary funds have been sent to the divisional secretaries in the affected areas, he added.
The Director General of health services Dr. Palitha Mahipala has convened the emergency disaster management unit of the Ministry of health to provide round the clock emergency healthcare to the affected people. The Ministry has taken measures to dispatch medicine and chlorine tablets to purify drinking water sources in the affected areas.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department warned of more occasional showers or thunder showers developing in the Northern, Eastern, North Central and Uva provinces and in the eastern slopes of the central hills and in the Kurunegala district.