The Disaster Management Center (DMC) has stated that over 950,000 persons have been affected by the heavy rains and flooding experienced in over 13 districts.
The DMC statistics also state that the death toll in floods and landslides has increased up to 18.
Meanwhile, Agrarian Services Minister S.M. Chandrasena has told the media that over 400,000 acres of paddy cultivation has been destroyed by floods.
He has also said that the bunds of 200 tanks in the North Central and Eastern Provinces have been breached due to the heavy rains.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (12) visited the flood affected areas in the Polonnaruwa District and the Eastern Province.