May 26, 2018

Floods and landslides: 20 deaths – 50,000 displaced Featured

The number of deaths reported due to floods and landslides has risen to 20, according to the Disaster Management Centre.

The DMC Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili said that two persons were reported missing.

Due to the water levels rising in the Attanagalu Oya, residents of Gampaha, Katana and surrounding areas were affected.

According to official statistics, there are around 50,000 reportedly in temporary shelters due to the flooding and landslides.

Inclement weather pattern to continue further:

Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department stated that the inclement weather pattern could aggravate further.

The DMC warned residents living on river banks and mountainous areas to be cautious of flash floods and landslides.

Bad Weather 600Floods in Puttalam

Meanwehile, for the second time in a week, flooding was experienced in the Puttalam district.

In the Madampe, Mahawewa, Naththandiya, Wennappuwa, Arachchikattuwa areas, around 50,000 people had been affected by flooding, said the DMC Puttalam District Director A.M. Alahakoon.

On Saturday, around 50 catholic priests including the  Mannar Bishop who were travelling towards Chilaw had been stranded due to the flood waters. However, later they were taken to safety using heavy vehicles.

Operation underway in search of the missing policeman:

So far no information has been received about the policeman who had been swept away by the flood waters while he was saving a family who was trapped by the flood waters in the Madampe, Galmuruwa area last Friday.

The missing policeman is Constable 88587 Dassanayake Pathirannahalage Dilan Sampath a 29-year-old attached to the Madampe Police. He is a resident of the Giriulla area.

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