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The death toll has risen to 203. 89 are still reported missing.


The disaster management center says the death toll due to inclement weather has risen to 203. 89 persons are reported missing. 63 have sustained injuries. Over 630 thousand have been affected by the natural disaster. 1,537 have been totally damaged. 7,791 houses partially damaged.

The United Nations has also come forward to support relief activities.


The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned by the devastating impact of adverse weather in Sri Lanka. The United Nations stands ready to scale up its support to the government-led response efforts.

A Pakistani Naval Ship dispatched by the Government of Pakistan with relief goods for the flood affected people arrived at the Colombo Port, yesterday. The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra handed over the relief goods to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Ravi Karunanayake at the Port premises.

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All damaged temples will be renovated soon.

All Buddhist temples damaged by the floods and rain will be renovated soon. Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa has instructed to Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Shasana and to the Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs to take immediate action in this connection. The Ministry has already taken measures to gather information on damaged temples via divisional secretariats.

Several roads and still under water.

Sri Lanka Auto Mobile Association says several roads are still under water. Mathugama – Horana, Kalutara – Nagoda, Kalutara – Horana, Naththupana – Warakagoda, Nebada – Kalutara and Kethhena – Panvila roads are impassable for motor traffic. Nagoda Galassa road can be used as an alternative access to Kalutara.

The water levels of rivers are receding.

The Irrigation Department says water levels of Kelani, Kalu, Gin and Nilwala rivers are receding at present. However, the department reports the flood water levels in Paanadugama, Urawa, and Pitabeddara have not receded up to now. The flood situation occurred due to overflow of Nilwala River.

Our provincial correspondent says the Nagalang gauge meter reads as 2.9 feet more than the standard water level of Kelani ganga. Meanwhile, the water level of Kalu Ganga shows 6.8 meters as of this date. The irrigation department still extends the warning to the people residing in the close proximity of these rivers. The people who have been evacuated from these places cannot return to their residences until the flood water recedes to zero level.

Cyclonic storm ‘MORA’ is expected enter to the Bangladesh land and weaken today.

The Met Department says as the cyclonic storm ‘MORA’ is expected enter to the Bangladesh land and weaken today. Possibility for heavy rain and strong winds will be reduced by tomorrow. But, under this influence cloudy skies, windy and showery conditions are expected over the country today.

Very strong winds about 80 kilometer per hour can be expected over the country and surrounding sea areas. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, North-western and Central provinces. Heavy falls above 100 mm can be expected at some places. Showers or thundershowers may occur at several places in Northern and North-central provinces.

The president instructs the officials to provide relief to the utmost for the victims.

President Maithripala Sirisena visited floods and landslide affected areas in Ratnapura today. Conducting a special discussion in the Ratnapura District Secretariat the President ordered officials to request more funds for disaster relief, if needed. He deeply observed the relief measures taken for the people who affected by the flood.

He instructed the officials to provide maximum relief for the victims. He issued directives for the authorities to take special program to rescue the people who trapped in risky areas where the boats cannot reach. The president also looked in to the welfare of the people housed in welfare camps and the system how the funerals of the victims will be carried out.  The three armed forces and Civil Defence Department to repair the damaged houses.

Several countries including India, China and Japan have come forward to assist the relief measures. India has already sent two ships carrying essential items. The president assures the affected people to provide the maximum support the restore their livelihood again. Ministers including W.D.J Senevirathne, Thalatha Athukorala, Karunarathna Paranawithana and MPs of Ratnapura District participated at this discussion.

All basic problems of the affected people will be solved within a period of one month.

Minister Vajira Abeywardena says all basic problems of the affected people will be solved within a period of one month. A massive program has been planned in this connection. 177 persons have died due to the inclement weather at present. 109 are reported missing.

Over 521 thousand people have been affected at present. 337 welfare centres have been set up and about 75 thousand persons have been housed in them. 412 houses have been totally damaged and 4266 houses have been partially destroyed. Many areas in Galle, Ratnapura, Kegalle Kalutara, Matara districts are still prone landslides. He requested the people in the risky areas to be vigilant as the met department has forecast more rains in the coming 48 hours. The Minister revealed these facts at a press briefing held at the National Disaster Management Center in Colombo today.

Ministry of power and energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says power supply in the flood and landslide hit areas will be restored within two weeks once the floods receded. The damaged electricity meters will be replaced by the electricity board.

Minister Rauf Hakeem said special program is now underway to restore the water supply in the affected areas. Police Media Spokesman Senior DIG Priyantha Jayakody said about 5,000 police officers have been deployed for the security in the affected areas. No robbery or theft has been reported from those areas and it is really a positive tendency.

Additional Director General of Irrigation Department T.P Alwis said the water levels Kelani, Kalu, Ging and Nilwala rivers are gradually receding at present.

Schools in the affected areas will remain closed until Friday.

Education Minister Akila Wiraj Kariyawasam said that it has been decided to close all the schools in the flood-affected districts from tomorrow to Friday. Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Matara, Galle, Hambantota, Kegalle, and Ratnapura Districts have been affected by the prevailing disaster situation.

Meanwhile, the Minister has also instructed to provide three sets of uniforms to the school children in flood-affected areas free of charge. In addition to that, steps will be taken to provide exercise books and school shoes too

A special unit has been setup to distribute fuel swiftly.

Ministry of Petroleum Resource Development will set up a Disaster Management Unit to continuously supply fuel to the areas affected by the adverse weather. The Unit will identify the issues related to the distribution of fuel and coordinate all the institutions under the Ministry. Meanwhile, Minister Arjuna Ranathunga yesterday advised to continuously supply fuel to flood affected areas.

It was revealed that there was a shortage of fuel in the areas of Walasmulla, Middeniya, Matara, Kirama, Hakmana, Angunakolapalassa, Ambalantota, Galle, Ruwanwella, Horana, Kithulgala, Daraniyagala, Thalangama and Kolonnawa.

The Distribution Manager of the Ceypetco M.T.W. Bandara said that the requirements of the Tri forces have already been dispatched to the required places. The minister further said that steps should be taken to dispatch fuel under any circumstances.  He advised unit to draw up a plan together with the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to face any situation.

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