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Heavy rains to continue

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Occasional rains or thundershowers may occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western Provinces as well as in Galle and Matara Districts, the Department of Meteorology said.

It said that heavy showers above 75mm may occur in some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and Galle and Matara Districts.

Director of the Water Management Unit of the Irrigation Department, S.P.C. Sugeeshwara said that there is a risk of inundation of the lowlands along the rivers due to heavy rains.

Meanwhile, 61,792 people belonging to 15,632 families are affected due to heavy rains that have affected 11 districts.

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that 5,460 people belonging to 1,661 families are being held in 33 shelters.

It said five houses have been completely damaged and 207 houses have been partially damaged due to inclement weather.

Meanwhile, DMC Director General Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe said that the programme to provide relief to the victims is being implemented.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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