Heavy rains claim 26 lives in Sri Lanka

More than 7,000 people affected by bad weather, hundreds evacuated from southern districts 

Heavy rains claim 26 lives in Sri Lanka

World Bulletin / News Desk

Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains across Sri Lanka claimed 26 lives and left 42 people missing, an emergency official said Friday.

Rains on Thursday and Friday flooded four main rivers of the country.

The fatalities included people buried under debris from a landslide at midnight in Baduraliya, a town 60 kilometers (38 miles) southeast of the capital Colombo.

A severe weather warning has been issued for the next 48 hours, as the government is trying to reach the affected areas.

Hundreds are currently being evacuated from the southern districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota, where torrential rains have caused floods.

According to official estimates, 7,856 people and 2,811 families have been affected by the bad weather so far.

The navy and army are assisting in the evacuation and rescue program, Disaster Management Center spokesman Pradeep Kodippili said.

Meanwhile, the Urban Development Authority has issued a directive to immediately remove constructions that are disturbing the flow of water in reservoirs and canals.

In 2016, Sri Lanka suffered severe flooding and landslides that claimed more than a hundred lives.

Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains across Sri Lanka claimed 91 lives and left 110 people missing, an emergency official said Friday.

According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC), more than 50,000 people have been displaced and over a million affected by the island-wide inclement weather.

Rains on Thursday and Friday flooded the country’s four main rivers.

The fatalities included people buried under debris from a landslide at midnight in Baduraliya, a town 60 kilometers (38 miles) southeast of the capital Colombo.

A severe weather warning has been issued for the next 48 hours, as the government is trying to reach the affected areas.

Hundreds are currently being evacuated from the southern districts of Galle, Matara, and Hambantota, where torrential rains have caused floods.

The navy and army are assisting in the evacuation and rescue program, said Disaster Management Center spokesman Pradeep Kodippili.

Meanwhile, the Urban Development Authority has issued a directive to immediately remove construction that is disturbing the flow of water in reservoirs and canals.

In addition, Turkey expressed condolences to Sri Lanka later on Friday.

In a written statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said: "We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the bereaved relatives of those who lost their lives and the people of Sri Lanka, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured."

"In these difficult times, Turkey stands by Sri Lanka and is ready to help if there is need."

In 2016, Sri Lanka suffered severe flooding and landslides that claimed more than 100 lives.

 

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