More trouble for Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) announced that over 600 families have been affected by floods and landslides as heavy rain prevails in the island nation.

A total of 2,290 people from 585 families were affected in the southern district of Ratnapura, while 62 from 16 families were affected in the Kalutara district in Western Province, Xinhua news agency quoted the DMC as saying.

Eighty-two houses were partially damaged due to floods and winds, the DMC added, warning those living near rivers and mountains have to be vigilant of possible floods and landslides.

Heavy rains have been reported in some parts of the country in the last few days, the DMC said.

The country’s Irrigation Department’s Hydrology and Disaster Management Division has issued a flood alert for Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central, and North-Western Provinces after heavy rains were recorded in those regions.

In¬†Ratnapura of Sabaragamuwa Province, the Kalu Ganga’s water levels have reached a minor flood stage. The public has been advised to be on the lookout for a probable flood in and around Rathnapura City, as the Kalu River is currently reaching the bank full (Alert) level in and around the city.