Flood disas­ter in Galle District

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES -

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

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