6,000 persons affected by lnclement weather


By Ifham Nizam

About 6,000 persons from 1,609 families have been affected by the prevailing adverse weather in 13 districts of the country, says the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

 Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday ordered that relief be granted to all victims. He called for urgent measures to ensure the safety of students who were in the process of sitting the G C E Ordinary Level Examination.

DMC Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili told The Island that five deaths had been reported and three were due to landslides while the other two were due to human-elephant conflict.

Kodippili said that five people had been injured due to inclement weather and person was missing.

About 242 families have been provided with temporary shelters in 14 places in addition to 915 persons who are already there.

 The Department of Meteorology Duty Forecaster says that the prevailing showery condition is expected to continue countrywide for the next few days as the Northeast Monsoon continues to be active.

 Showers or thundershowers are expected to occur in the Northern, North-central, Eastern and Uva provinces and elsewhere.

The Department of Meteorology yesterday evening issued a special advisory on heavy rains expected to lash Northern, Eastern, Uva and Central provinces.

It says that the prevailing rains are expected to enhance over Northern, Eastern, Uva and Central provinces from the evening of December 03, particularly during December 04 and 05. 

Heavy rainfall above 100 mm are likely at some places, the department has said, warning that heavy rains are expected in Central hilly areas and that the heavy downpours may trigger landslides.

People living in hilly areas, particularly in landslide prone parts, are requested to be vigilant in this regard

Fairly heavy showers about 75-100 mm are likely at some places in Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Western, Southern provinces and in Mullaitivu, Trincomalee and Batticaloa Districts.

 A landslide triggered by torrential rains, on Saturday (30), killed three including a woman and a child in Malapattawa area, Walapane - Nuwara Eliya.

 Troops recovered bodies of three of the victims and handed them over to the Police for onward arrangements while another search was launched yesterday morning for the 15-year-old teenager still reported missing. 

Three houses were damaged due to a landslide at the Urumeetenna Kanda in Bibile, while it had also destroyed the crops in the area.

About 54 persons from 20 families, from Senapathiya and Merdapitiya villages which are at the foot of the mountain, have been relocated to safer locations owing to the landslide.

 Irrigation Department says two of the six emergency sluice gates of the Nachchaduwa Tank have been opened as the water level of the tank is nearing spill level.

Inginimitiya reservoir in Puttalam has also reached spill level for the first time in three years. All six sluice gates of the reservoir have presently been opened while the people living near the valley downstream have been cautioned due to this.

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