Extreme Weather: More landslide warnings issued

Extreme Weather: More landslide warnings issued

Extreme Weather: More landslide warnings issued

Written by Lahiru Fernando

25 May, 2016 | 8:19 am

Bodies and limbs of 40 persons killed by the landslide in Aranayake have been recovered, says Kegalle District Secretary Abeywickreme Wanasooriya.

A total of 59 persons lost their lives in landslides that took place in the Kegalle District, including the area of Bulathkohupitiya; 161 houses were totally destroyed while 1,350 houses were damaged and 11,494 persons continue remain housed at 102 safe locations.

The Kegalle District Secretary announced that land observations are taking place in order to resettle persons who remain in displaced camps. He added that compensation will be provided based on the state ciruclar issues on compensation houses.

Meanwhile, 81 persons from 24 families who have been living in Polapitiya in Yatiyantota for a period of 27 years have vacated their homes due to a risk of landslides. These locals point out that authorities promised them alternate housing following the landslide in 1989. However, this is yet to become a reality.

Another landslide risk has arisen in the Henakanda area in Moragaha, Eheliyagoda. According to the News 1st correspondent, a 300-metre area of the mountain had caved in. 150 families living in 50 houses at the foot of the mountain have been evacuated.

Another among the landslide prone areas is the Meda Kanda area in Pallekanugala, Amithirigala.

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