by IRIN News
More than 16,000 people have been affected in Sri Lanka following a second wave of flooding to strike the island nation this month. "At the moment the situation is under control, but we are keeping an eye on the rains and possibly more displacements," Pradeep Koddipilli, assistant director of the country's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) [ http://www.dmc.gov.lk ] told IRIN on 25 November, one day after the floods occurred.
The hardest hit areas were the northwestern districts of Puttalam (11,708 affected) and Kurunegala (over 2,565 affected), with 248 people currently in shelters, the DMC said.
Sri Lanka's Meteorological Department warns of further rains in the coming days. "There is an atmospheric disturbance over the island that is likely to increase the rainfall during the afternoons," Ranjith Jayasekera, the department's deputy said.
On 10 November unusually heavy rains affected 315,000 and left two dead in areas around the capital Colombo.
Earlier this year in May, over 670,000 people in the western and southern provinces were affected in flooding that killed 22.