Over 100,000 people affected by heavy rains, strong winds in Sri Lanka

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-27 17:56:06|Editor: xuxin
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COLOMBO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Over 100,000 people have been affected by days of heavy rains and strong winds which lashed out across Sri Lanka since early this week, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said on Friday.

DMC spokesperson Pradeep Kodippili said several areas in the southern part of the country were inundated, while over 44,000 people had been evacuated to safer locations.

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has maintained landslide warnings in the Kalutara District, in the western coast of the island and in the Galle district in the south.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday instructed authorities to provide immediate relief to the thousands of people affected by the ongoing adverse weather conditions.

President Sirisena also instructed the armed forces to immediately evacuate the people living in landslide-prone areas and to provide relief to all affected families.

The Meteorology Department in its latest weather update shows that fairly heavy falls about 100 mm are likely at some places in Southern and Eastern Provinces and in Ratnapura, in south central Sri Lanka and in Kalutara, in the Western Province.

Fairly heavy falls about 75 mm are likely at some places in Central and Uva Provinces and in Gampaha, on the outskirts of the capital, in Colombo and Kegalle district, 78 km away from Colombo.

"General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning," the Meteorology Department said.