Relief for flood- hit:
The Government yesterday allocated Rs 15 million as an initial sum
for the flood affected.
COLOMBO: The heavy deluge experienced during the last couple of days
which caused flooding and landslides has wreaked havoc in several parts
of the country, leaving at least four people dead and more than 50,000
affected. In addition around 8,000 families were reported as displaced
Weathermen warned yesterday that there was a risk of more landslides
and floods as heavy rains would accompany the onset of Southwest
Monsoon, expected to get established over the island within the next two
National Coordinator, Disaster Management Centre, Colonel K.
Ekanayake said four deaths had been reported from Matara, Galle,
Kalutara and Kegalle districts with the flood prone Ratnapura being the
worst affected with more than 4,000 families already seeking temporary
According to Colonel Ekanayake the situation in Ratnapura was getting
worse with the Kaluganga starting to overflow and steps were being taken
to evacuate people living in the river banks. Navy boats had been
deployed to evacuate the affected.
A warning has also been relayed to there in low lying areas of the
Kelani river banks, specially in the Colombo district to find
alternative shelter as their is a threat of the river overflowing if the
rains continue, the National Coordinator sai said.
Galle, Gampaha, Kegalle, Kalutara and some parts of Colombo district
were also considered as the worst hit areas.
News from provincial areas said transport was badly hampered in
several areas due to landslides and the rising water levels which had
left several roads impassable.
Transport from Avissawella to Hatton and Kegalle is reported to be
affected due to roads been inundated. Several roads in the Galle
district are impassable with the Neluwa Divisional Secretariat division
the worst affected.
Several roads in Ayagama, Nivithigala, Kalawana, Elapatha and
Kuruwita Divisional Secretariat divisions in the Ratnapura district are
impassable due to earthslips and flooding.
However according to Colonel Ekanayake, all measures were afoot to
assist the affected with a properly co-ordinated mechanism involving
government authorities in the area.
He added that rescue boats had been dispatched to the needy areas
with Navy assistant.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department issuing a special weather
advisory, attributed the heavy rains to a low level disturbance which
accompanied the onset of the South West Monsoon.
While predicting strong winds during the same period, the Meteorology
Department ruled out anything even close to what happened in Myanmar
emphasising that such cyclonic conditions only occurred in the upper
part of the Bay of Bengal.
However, the condition is expected to settle down in another couple
of days with the Monsoon getting established and the weather pattern is
expected to stabilise with occasional showers according to the normal
During July and August, the rains are expected to spread to
Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts and the temperatures is expected to
remain high as the winds release a lot of energy when encountered with
the central hills.
With the weathermen predicting ample rain with the onset of the
Southwest Monsoon, paddy and tea cultivations are expected to get enough
rain and during the harvesting season in September, rains are expected
to recede with the Monsoon fading away.
Catchment areas in the central hills are also expected to reach
capacity levels during the period.
Meteorology Department sources said there was nothing unusual and
these conditions were common during the Monsoonal period, but
considering the figures in previous years, the amount of rain might