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Rains affect over 17,000 families

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According to the Disaster Management Center, 67,591 people in 17,078 families in 114 Divisional Secretariats of 15 Districts have been affected by the bad weather conditions since last 15 days (21) at around 6pm. Due to the disaster situation one person was killed and 11 injured with two total house damages and 502 partial house damages.

The number of families in the relative houses is 25 and 72 people. There are 122 people in 27 families in three shelters. These personnel belong to Ratnapura, Colombo, Kegalle, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Galle, Kalutara, Jaffna, Puttalam, Gampaha, Hambantota, Badulla, Matara,

Kurunegala, Polonnaruwa districts.52 people from nine families were affected due to flash flooding in Thimibirigasaya in Colombo, Director of Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said.

As of yesterday (21) afternoon, the sluice gates were opened in Rajanganaya, Tissa Wewa, Angamuwa, Kala Wewa, Deduru Oya, Tabbowa and Kukule Ganga reservoirs.

Water levels in rivers have risen. Meanwhile, the water level of Attanagalu-Oya has risen significantly. The telephone number 117 can inform about emergency situations. The director added that boats and equipment needed to save people from disaster situations have been placed in the required places. Pradeep Kodippili said that he is constantly monitoring the condition of being submerged in water.

A low pressure zone is likely to form over the south-west Bay of Bengal by today (22), the Meteorological Department said in issuing a red notice about strong winds and rough seas.

The statement issued by the department states that it will first move towards the northeast and reach the central area of the Bay of Bengal by the 24th of this month.

(dailynews.lk)
(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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