Over 6800 people across seventeen districts displaced – DMC

Over 6800 people across seventeen districts displaced – DMC

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Nov, 2014 | 10:04 pm

Sixty three (63) families in Sooriyakanda, Kolonna were evacuated due to the threat of landslides. The threat of landslides has forced authorities to evacuate a total of 1744 families so far.

One hundred and seventy five (175) people of 63 families of the Egburd Estate in Sooriyakanda, Kolonna were evacuated on Tuesday night. They have been relocated to the Sooriyakanda Tamil School.

The Disaster Management Centre said that 4363 people in the Puttalam District are affected by the prevalent weather conditions while 190 people remain displaced. The DMC said these people have been provided shelter at four displacement camps.

Several areas in Chilaw including the Sawarana, Maikkulama and Alamba areas continue to remain under water. Chilaw Divisional Secretary Rangana Fernando said that 1350 families which come under the divisions’ purview are affected.

Those housed at the Poojapitiya displacement camp due to the threat of landslides, returned to their homes.Those who were evacuated in the Ella Administrative Division, due to the threat of landslides are housed in three shelters.

Assistant Divisional Secretary of Ella M.D. Gayani Ranatunga said that 165 people of 56 families have been temporarily housed at the Dowa Sinhala College.

The Assistant Divisional Secretary added that 149 people of 39 families who were housed at the Newburg Tamil College have returned to their homes as the rains have ceased. One hundred and five (105) members of 29 families have been temporarily housed at the Galapitakanda Tamil College in Ballekatuwa.

The Disaster Management Centre says that a displacement camp has also been set up in Bandarawela due to the threat of landslides in the area. Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre says that 6813 people across 17 districts are displaced by the prevalent weather conditions. The Iginimitiya Reservoir is nearing spill level.

The landslide warning issued to the Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kandy, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Matale and Kalutara Districts is still in effect.

 

 

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