President Mahinda Rjapaksa instructed the Ministry of Disaster Management to expedite relief supplies to those who were affected due to floods and landslides occurred after the torrential rains which were experienced over the past few days.
Sixteen people have been killed in landslides after heavy monsoon rains that caused severe flooding in Colombo, its suburbs and the Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Ratnapura districts, the Disaster Management Centre confirmed yesterday. Two people were still missing following the flooding. Officials said the relief supplies were underway already in most of the affected areas.
President Rajapaksa tweeted yesterday (June 2) that he had instructed his officials to “expedite relief measures to communities affected by the bad weather.”
Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera said the families of the 17 persons who died will receive relief payment of Rs 15,000 each immediately.
Mr. Pradeep Kodippili, Asst. Director and Media Spokesman of the Disaster Management Centre said budgets will be allocated for further assistance for the District Divisional Secretariats, District Secretariats and Divisional Disaster Management Units.
The Media Spokesman said sudden change in weather has resulted in heavy rainfall in many parts of the Island. Floods and earth slips were reported in several areas in the Kalutara District due to heavy rainfall since 01st June. Areas including Mathugama, Agalawaththa, Bulathsinghala, Girikola, Welipenna, Lewunduwa, Pelawatta, Walallavita and Baduraliya are among the highly affected by the floods, he added.
He said the water level in Kelaniya area expected to increase according to Irrigation Department and residence on the Kelaniya river bank will be instructed to move in the next few hours if necessary.
Seventeen deaths have been reported and 7589 have been affected due to floods according to. Also 16 houses have fully damaged and 85 houses have partially damaged in these areas, he further said.
Also, Tri Forces and Police have initiated flood relief measures to rescue people trapped or marooned due to rising water levels and roads being inundated.
Accordingly, Security Forces are continuously monitoring the weather conditions in the country and are in constant touch with the disaster management officials and Government institutions for smooth deployment of the relief measures.