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60,000 displaced by floods

Nov 11, 2010 10:45:47 AM - itnnews.lk

Nearly 60 thousand persons are affected by floods in the Colombo District due to the heavy rain experienced from last evening.

The entire Colombo City went under water following the continued downpour from last evening until this morning. Torrential rain wreaked havoc in the City submerging many roads and obstructing the movement of traffic. Children faced difficulties in reaching schools while it was the same with office workers. As a result, day to day activities within the City were paralysed.

19,000 families are displaced in the Colombo Divisional Secretariat Division while 10,000 families are displaced within the Kolonnawa Divisional Secretariat Division. Within the Ratmalana Divisional Secretariat area, the number of families rendered homeless due to floods is 5000. 4350 families are affected in the Thimbirigasyaya Divisional Secretariat Division. Divisional Secretaries in Moratuwa and Kesbewa pointed out that the number of families impacted by the torrential rainfall was 3000 and 2500 respectively.

Heavy rain was experienced in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern Provinces. Immediate action was initiated to provide cooked meals to the displaced and find alternate shelter.

In the meantime, Parliamentary sittings for today were limited to a short period as the ground floor was flooded. It was under three feet of water. Following these developments, the Speaker summoned a party leaders’ meting at 12 noon today. The Speaker and party leaders were ferried to the House for the meeting marking another historic occasion. Proceedings were adjourned within a short period of commencement. Power within the complex was out and reports said that the proceedings which lasted for a short time were held under candle light. It is also for the first time in Sri Lanka’s history that Parliamentary proceedings were conducted under candle light. Parliament had met during flood situations. But this is the first time the House proceedings had been conducted without power. Two hand written proposals were included in the agenda and another historic event is their approval under these conditions. Party leaders agreed to adjourn Parliament until the 16th of this month. Colombo and many suburban areas are still under water. If the rain continues tomorrow more will be adversely affected by flood waters.