Lanka flash flood toll 92; Met forecasts more rains

May 24, 2016

Colombo: The death toll from last week's flash floods and landslides in Lanka has risen to 92. Seven bodies were recovered by the army from the landslide site in Aranayake in Kegalle district on Monday. The Met on Tuesday warned of further strong windy conditions and heavy rain in coming days.

With the floodwaters fast receding and displaced people returning to their dwellings, the Army Commanding Officers have been told to be alert to post- disaster consequences like contagious diseases. Medical teams have been set up by the army in Colombo region-based relief centres and elsewhere in Bulathkohupitiya and Aranayake areas. There are 126,666 people still in shelters while 63,377 families have been affected.

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said 107 people in the landslide-hit areas are still missing and most of the deaths, a total of 59, occurred in the Kegalle district when two landslides struck three villages in Aranayake and Bulathkohupitiya.

The Meteorology Department has said that south-west monsoon was establishing over the country. More rain would occur in the western, north-western, southern, central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Strong windy conditions will occur, it warned.

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