9 Killed As Heavy Rains Continue In Sri Lanka
Faizan Hashmi 8 days ago Tue 09th October 2018 | 05:07 PM
The death toll from the adverse weather in Sri Lanka rose to nine on Tuesday as heavy winds and rains continued to lash out across the country leading to thousands of people being evacuated from their homes, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.
COLOMBO, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 9th Oct, 2018 ) :The death toll from the adverse weather in Sri Lanka rose to nine on Tuesday as heavy winds and rains continued to lash out across the country leading to thousands of people being evacuated from their homes, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.
Over 48,000 people have been affected since the rains began on Saturday while over 5,000 families had evacuated their homes and were housed in 21 safe shelters.
Those living in low lying areas were also urged to evacuate as the spill gates of major reservoirs were opened due to heavy rainfall.
A red landslide alert was also issued in the Kalutara district in the south. Kodippili said the military had begun evacuating people residing in the risk areas to safer shelters.
The military and police have been called in to assist evacuate families and save those stranded as a result of the disaster situation.
Army spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Athapaththu said that 1,200 soldiers had been placed on standby to assist and attend to those stranded by the floods.
Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the government together with rescue teams were providing immediate relief to those affected by providing cooked food, drinking water, dry rations and medicines.
The Meteorology Department said in its latest weather update that heavy rains were expected in the coming two days as the depression in the Bay of Bengal was now concentrated into a deep depression and was located 950 km away from Trincomalee in the east.
Heavy falls of about 100 mm were also expected in the Uva Province.