Over 20 killed due to prevailing inclement weather

Over 20 killed due to prevailing inclement weather

Over 20 killed due to prevailing inclement weather

Written by News 1st

03 Jun, 2014 | 1:07 pm

The number of deaths reported as a result of the prevailing inclement weather and floods has risen to twenty one, with an estimated 7,550 families affected. The Police Media Unit stated that an individual who drowned in the Kiribathgoda remains missing.

A 16 year old student died when a wall collapsed on  him in the Yayapara are in Eheliyagoda Tuesday morning.

Police stated that this tragic incident was a result of a tree uprooting and falling on to a wall during a heavy downpour. The wall collapsed on the victim.

Landslide warnings have been issued to six districts as a result of the inclement weather. Flood waters have also hampered vehicular movement in many areas.

With the inclement weather condition vehicular movement along the Colombo – Avissawella Road has been hampered by flood waters. Police Media Spokersperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that the Ranawala area in Puwakpitiya which is located along this road was inundated.

Vehicular movement was also disrupted in several areas along the Yakkalamulla – Imaduwa Road in Galle due to flood waters.

Meanwhile, clean-up operations in houses that were inundated as result of the Polathumodara river overflowing has commenced.

The Disaster Management Centre states that water levels in the Kelani, Nilwala and Gin rivers are rising with the rainfall that is experienced. The Assistant Director of the DMC says that area residents who are residing in low lying lands in close proximity to the said rivers are to exercise extreme condition.

Meanwhile, our correspondent stated that the water levels of Gin River in Baddegama has risen to 4.5 metres. Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Center, Pradeep Kodippili said that landslide warnings have been issued to six districts.

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