Sri Lanka Floods, Landslides: Death Toll Rises To 122

Sri Lanka Floods, Landslides:  Death Toll Rises To 122
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The number of deaths reported in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka has risen to 122 while 97 people had gone missing, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said Saturday evening.

Sri-lanka-floodThe DMC also stated that the total number of people affected by the adverse weather conditions has risen to 493,455.

Deaths have reported from the western coastal district of Kalutara, the central southern district of Ratnapura and the southern district of Matara.

Sri-lanka-floodRescuers had set up 185 camps for displaced people and the town of Matara in the south of the island was being evacuated because of the risk of flooding.  Sri Lankan military and rescue teams have used boats and helicopters, but officials said access to some areas was very difficult.

The Department of Meteorology says that although the heavy rainy condition has reduced temporary,   showery conditions are likely to enhance again over south-western part of the island from May 29.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces. Heavy falls (about 100 mm) can be expected at some places, it said.

Disaster Management Centre has issued evacuation notices to residents along the Kelani river, which flows through the capital Colombo, amid fears that it was about to burst its banks.

Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry has appealed for assistance from the United Nations and from other countries.

Indian Government has already sent naval ships with rescue and relief material to Sri Lanka to support relief efforts in the wake of the recent floods.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has reportedly directed all relevant agenIndian-supportcies of India to support relief operations in Sri Lanka, in light of the ongoing crisis situation..

The High Commission of Pakistan says it is in constant touch with Sri Lankan authorities to finalize the required relief goods as they have requested and will soon provide necessary relief goods to the government and people of Sri Lanka.

The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmad Khan Sipra, in his message to the people and Government of Sri Lanka has said that the people and Government of Pakistan are aggrieved over the floods and mudslides triggered by Monsoon rains in Sri Lanka which caused death and destruction in many parts of Sri Lanka.

 

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