The National Disaster Management Centre claims that more than 900,000 are displaced by floods. 18 lives have been lost while heavy damage has been caused to public property. Director General of the Centre Gamini Hettiarachchi revealed these details at a media conference at the Mass Media Ministry today.
The Director General said that according to reports received, the number affected by the disaster is 966,757.. The number of families is 257,993. 18 deaths have also been reported. Two have gone missing in Ampara and Batticaloa. 11,338 houses have been damaged. 1,609 houses have been totally damaged. 502 welfare camps have been set up. 52,391 families are being sheltered in these camps. The Armed Forces and the Police are making a vital contribution in rescue operations, transporting the stranded to secure places and also in the supply of food.
The highest damage by the torrential rain experienced at present has been caused to the Batticaloa District. A rainfall of 113 millimetres had been experienced. 533,000 are displaced. Members of 30,264 families have taken shelter in 225 camps. Seven deaths are reported from the Batticaloa District.
The number displaced in the Ampara District is 336,470. They belong to 88,376 families. 49 camps are sheltering 28,744 members of 7,814 families. Two deaths are reported from the Ampara District. Heavy rain in the Trincomalee District had displaced 8,104 families, comprising 31,374 members. 98 houses have been damaged. 8,665 families have taken refuge in camps.
Heavy rain which lashed the Polonnaruwa District had displaced 2,705 families. The total number displaced is 10,842. 77 camps are providing shelter to 2,775 families.
200 small tanks have been damaged. The total acreage of paddy destroyed is about 200,000. Many roads in Batticaloa, Ampara, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee areas are under water.