Flood disaster in Galle District
The heavy rains during the past few days in Galle District had claimed two lives and left 12943 people belonging to 3426 families as flood victims,
Disaster Management Centre said. A 61-year-old man in Urala Wanduramba and a 10-year-old student in Elpitiya lost their lives in this flood disaster. Meanwhile16 houses were completely destroyed while 648 other houses and 170 business places suffered partial damage. Meanwhile 4 houses in Wadiyakanda were destroyed due to earth slips. The fall of earth mounds was also reported from several places in the area. The Nagoda Divisional
Secretary said that they had warned the people in the affected areas to leave their homes as these places are vulnerable to earth slips.
However they were reluctant to live in Alutthwattha area, an area assigned for their houses. She also said that they had demanded lands at the close proximity to their present homes. However, lands were not available in the places where they desires to live. Huge heaps of bamboos and branches of trees floated as a result of surging water had remained entangled near bridges in Wakwella and Benthota. They were later removed with the assistance of the
Navy. Funds have been allocated to the divisional secretariats in the affected areas for distribution of cooked foods and dried rations to the flood victims and also for the benefit of others affected by the disaster situation.
Floods had been receded in several low-lying areas as transport services gradually improved along many roads that had been affected due to the continues rain that prevailed for 36 hours. However the Galle District Disaster Management Centre had arranged to place 23 boats and 9 canoes in vulnerable spots to be used during a possible heavy rainfall in the days ahead. In addition relief groups of the Sri Lanka Navy, Army and volunteer organizations have been placed on alert