Gale force winds hit Puttalam

Puttalam District Disaster Management Unit said that 164 houses and 25 shops were damaged and 960 persons belonging to 250 families were displaced due to the strong winds which prevailed in the area in recent days.

It said that Chilaw, Mahawewa, Nattandiya and Wennapppuwa had been affected and the worst hit was the Chilaw Divisional Secretariat area.

A number of houses along the coastal belt from Chilaw to Wennappuwa were damaged. The area has suffered severe sea erosion as well.

Those living in 52 houses which were damaged were evacuated.

The damaged houses are being repaired by the Disaster Management Unit of Puttalam and the Divisional Secretariat.

The District Secretary has decided to pay Rs. 10,000 to each affected family.

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