Sunday, May 28, 2017

Update: 122 killed in weather calamity

The number of deaths reported in floods and landslides was increased to 122 while 97 people had gone missing, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said Saturday evening. 
In its latest situation report, the DMC said the adverse weather condition had left 49 people injured. In total, 415,618 people of 105,956 families had been affected by the weather calamity.
The South-West monsoon unleashed torrential rains, which ravaged fourteen districts in the western and southern parts of the country on Friday and Thursday.
The disaster is described as one of the worst-ever calamities since the 2003 floods. 
The Disaster Management Center issued an urgent evacuation warning last evening instructing residents living along the Kelani River and within the Divisional Secretariats of Kollonnawa, Kaduwela, Wellampitiya, Kelaniya, Biyagama, Sedawatte, Dompe, Hanwella, Padukka and Avissawella to move to safer areas.