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Floods affect 1.25 million

Feb 7, 2011 5:51:19 AM - itnnews.lk

The latest report issued by the Disaster Management Centre says that 1.25 million people have been affected due to the inclement weather in the country.

11 people lost their lives due to floods and landslides while eight more sustained injuries. The Disaster Management Centre says that three people are missing. 325,408 displaced persons are sheltered in 676 temporary camps. The majority of the people are affected in Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and Batticaloa Districts.

The Met Department said intermittent rain is expected in North, East, Uva and North Central Provinces and Hambantota Districts throughout the day. It said that the atmospheric depression is continuing and more rain is expected.

Meanwhile the schools in several districts were closed due to inclement weather. All schools in Badulla District will be closed for three days while all schools in the North Central Province are closed today and tomorrow. The schools in the East excluding Dehiattakandiya, Ampara and Mahaoya Education Zones are also closed today and tomorrowon. Schools in Vavuniya District are closed due to inclement weather. A disaster situation is declared in Vavuniya. District Secretary P.S.M. Charles said certain flooded areas in the District cannot be reached even by air. The National Buildings Research Institute said that four Districts in Central and Uva Provinces are facing serious landslide threats. Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Matale Districts have been declared as landslide prone areas. Rattota in Walapane and the Badulla Divisional Secretariat areas also face landslide threats.