Death toll reaches 146 more rain expected this week

The Government meanwhile said schools in the affected areas will remain closed this week. The United Nations office in Colombo said that Sri Lanka had made a formal request for support following the onset of the monsoon and its impact in the Southern and Western regions of the country.The adverse weather conditions have caused flooding and landslides in 14 out of 25 district in Sri Lanka; Batticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matale, Matara, Mulaitivu, Ratnapura, Trincomalee and Vavuniya. The most severely impacted district is Galle, where 128,047 people (32,215 families) have reportedly been affected. Fatalities have been reported in Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kegalle, Matara and Ratnapura districts.The Tri-Forces and Police have been mobilized for Search and Rescue and evacuations operations in Galle, Hambantota, Kalutara and Matara districts.UN agencies are currently supporting the government’s relief efforts in coordination and mobilizing resources. Landslide warnings were issued for several areas and the public were told to evacuate if rain continues for the next 24 hours. The death toll from the floods and landslides reached 146 today with more rain expected this week.The Disaster Management Centre said that 112 people are missing and over one million people have been affected by the disaster. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to continue into the first week of June, raising the risk that current conditions may worsen with land access to many affected areas restricted due to water inundation and landslides. (Colombo Gazette) read more