Floods recede

[TamilNet, Thursday, 07 January 1999, 10:14 GMT]
Flood waters are reported to be receding in several areas in the north and east, said a spokesman of Ministry of Social Services today. He said that incessant rains in the Trincomalee, Ampara, Vavuniya and Batticaloa districts had caused heavy flooding and left 28,000 people homeless.

According to the latest reports 2 persons were drowned and 391 houses were damaged due to floods.

Officials said that the Ministry of Social Services had taken measures to provide relief to the affected families.

The Ministry has released Rs.5.2 million for this purpose already.

Two thousand acres of paddy cultivating lands in the Trincomalee district have been inundated by the deluge.

Officials of the Department of Social Services said that dry rations and cooked meals will be provided to affected families who are now residing in temporary shelters.

The Meteorological Department has said that the low level disturbance formed in the vicinity of the country causing showers in the north and eastern areas.


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