Updated: 12/27/2018 3:29:34 AM
Heavy rains and strong winds affecting again Sri Lanka over the past couple of days resulted in severe flash floods and evacuations in the country's north.
According to media reports, this severe weather event lasted for several days, affecting 74 793 people or 23 265 families. Over 11 000 people were evacuated to safe locations as their homes were inundated due to continuous rains. The military and police were involved in rescue operations, ECHO reports.
Updated: 12/26/2018 10:03:35 AM
Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) on Wednesday said that two people had been killed and over 86,000 affected from flash floods caused by days of heavy rains in northern Sri Lanka.
Updated: 12/25/2018 4:19:26 AM
Over 60,000 people have been affected by flash floods in the northern part of Sri Lanka following heavy rains, officials said on Monday. The officials said of those affected nearly 11,000 people were evacuated to safer places. Their homes were inundated due to torrential rains, news agencies quoted Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre said. Although flood waters were receding and the situation is returning to normalcy slowly, the local Met office has predicted more rains in the days to come. Officials said the worst-affected districts were Mullaitivu, Killinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna. No deaths or injuries were reported so far.
Published Monday, December 24, 2018
Nearly 50,000 people have been affected by recent flash floods in Sri Lanka's Northern Province, the Disaster Management Centre said on Sunday.
Following sudden, heavy showers on last week, flash floods hit parts of Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts.
Over 13,000 families in the Tamil-majority area have been impacted, authorities said.
"Search and rescue teams have been mobilized with boats. As many as 670 military and police officials have been deployed. Many of stranded families have been sent to safety centers," according to an official situation report at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
According to Suntharam Arumainayaham, Kilinochchi Government Agent (the GA corresponds to the district collector in India), some 2,500 families in the district, displaced in the floods, are currently staying at 22 welfare centers.
"Water is gradually receding tafter some respite from the heavy rain. But it will take a few days for the people to return to their homes.
Many houses have been damaged, we will need additional medical care and sanitation facilities, we are looking into all that now," he told The Hindu.
While several districts in Sri Lanka have experienced extreme weather in the last couple of years, Kilinochchi, in particular, has borne the brunt of wavering and severe climatic conditions.
And now, it is one of the worst-affected areas in the flash floods. "In fact, we were giving drought relief to our people even days before the flood suddenly hit us," Mr. Arumainayaham said.
Sri Lanka Flash Flood Facts
Affected Area: 20 km.
Alert Level: Green