Rains subside in Sri Lanka, but death toll rises to 26; 12,000 still stranded

ECONOMYNEXT – The death toll of prevailing adverse weather in Sri Lanka has increased to 26 with more than 12,000 still in relief centres, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

The DMC said Friday (12) afternoon that due to floods, heavy rainfall and landslides, 150 district Secretariat Divisions in 17 districts have been affected.

As of Friday, 12,349 people from 3,693 families are in 88 relief centres around the country. The DMC said a total of 230,185 people from 65,580 families have been affected.

According to the department, 39 properties have been completely destroyed while 1,390 properties have been partially damaged.

A total of 26 were killed, 15 due to drowning and five due to landslides, the DMC said.

The Colombo-Kandy main road has been closed by authorities due to possible landslides and officials have asked the general public to use alternate routes.

With a relatively lower rainfall recorded in the past 24 hours, the DMC said the flooded areas around Kalu river and Attanagalu Oya are clearing.

However, red alerts for possible landslides will continue to be in effect until further notice in Kegalle, Kandy and Kurunegala districts.

Level one

Galle – Nagoda, Neluwa, Yakkamulla, Kadawath Sathara and Akmeemana District Secretariat Divisions

Rathnapura – Kiriella, Elapatha, Nivithigala and Kuruwita District Secretariat Divisions

Matale – Pallepola, Matale and Yatawatta District Secretariat Divisions

Kalutara – Ingiriya, Walallawita and Horana District Secretariat Divisions

Gampaha – Meerigama, Aththanagalla and Dompe District Secretariat Divisions

Nuwara Eliya – Walapane, Ambagamuwa, Hanguranetha and Kothmale District Secretariat Divisions

Level two

  • Badulla – Passara and Ella District Secretariat Divisions
  • Colombo –Seethawaka and Padukka District Secretariat Divisions
  • Kalutara – Mathugama, Agalawatta, Bulathsinghala, Palindanuwara and Dodangoda District Secretariat Divisions
  • Galle – Baddegama and Elpitiya District Secretariat Divisions
  • Rathnapura – Ayagama, Rathnapura, Eheliyagoda and Kalawana District Secretariat Divisions
  • Matale – Raththota and Ukuwela District Secretariat Divisions
  • Kandy – Pathadumbara, Minipe, Meda dumbara, Poojapitiya, Ududumbara, Delthota, Hatharaliyadda,
  • Akurana, Panvila and Kundasale District Secretariat Divisions

Level three (Red alert/ Evacuate)

  • Kegalle – Yatiyanthota, Ruwanwella, Mawanella, Aranayaka, Bulathkohupitiya, Dehiowita, Rambukkana,
  • Kegalle, and Galigamuwa District Secretariat Divisions
  • Kandy – Harispaththuwa, Doluwa, Yatinuwara, Udapalatha, Pasbage korale, Gangawata Korale,
  • Udunuwara and Gangaihala korale District Secretariat Divisions
  • Kurunegala – Mallawapitiya, Rideegama, Alawwa, Narammala, Mawathagama and Polgahawela District Secretariat Divisions

(Colombo/Nov12/2021)

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