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Death Toll Increases, Flood Waters Receding

Feb 9, 2011 9:00:25 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) has stated that the death toll due to heavy rains and floods that affected nearly 1.2 million persons has increased to 16.

The DMC states that 1,185,601 people belonging to 318,417 families were affected in total by the adverse weather conditions.

The rains have also completely destroyed 2,591.

Meanwhile theee Uva Province EducatioSecretaryl Wijesiri has said that all government schools in the Badulla District will be closed tomorrow (10) and the day after (11).

He has said the schools will remain closed till Monday (14) due to the disaster situation that has arisen in the area following heavy rains.

Some roads in the District are still unstable while displaced persons were still being sheltered in some schools.

However, families affected by floods are now returning to their homes since the flood waters are receding in the Eastern Province.

Child Development and Women Affairs Deputy Minister M.L.A.M. Hisbullah has told the media that most of the welfare camps will be closed today.

Welfare centers in the Ampara District are to be closed tomorrow, government officials in the Ampara District have said.