Death toll rises to 26 in flood fury

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 May 2010, 10:26 GMT]
The death toll in the ongoing flood fury in the island of Sri Lanka has risen to 26 by early Friday and the persons affected to nearly 550,000, as several rivers continued to swell to near busting point with officials warning of mass-scale flooding and urged the immediate evacuation of those living close to these water ways.

According to officials most of those killed were drowned in swirling flood waters while some of the victims had been electrocuted or washed away in their vehicles.

They added that the water levels had risen sharply in the Kelaniya River that flows through much of the metropolis, and the Nilwala and Kalu Ganga rivers in the south of the country.

Earlier, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the evacuation of those living along side canal banks fearing that they could get caught up in the rising water levels.

At present the worst affected is the districts of Gampaha in the western province and Kalutara in the south, they said.

The affected persons are currently being housed in government buildings, schools and places of worship they said.

Meanwhile Jayasinghe Arachchi a senior official with the Sri Lankan Meteorology Department warned of more showers accompanied with strong gusts of winds in most of the already affected areas sometime late today and the following day.

“A Wind Stream packing winds of between 15 to 20 knots had converged on the country Friday from the western coast, triggering of more showers that will be experienced in several parts of the country”, he said.

The wind stream is expected to remain over the country for the next 12 hours or so, causing heavy showers in the Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and extending to the Galle district, Mr. jayasinghe further added.

 

Latest 15 Reports
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
02.10.19 22:28   Photo
No place for human rights in China’s white paper for future world
01.10.19 18:26  
Genocidal Sri Lanka hits back at UN, claims it passed ‘litmus test’ on human rights in 2019
30.09.19 20:49  
SL military, police, traders, exert pressure on civil authorities in Mannaar to alienate lands
29.09.19 18:19  
No to alternative lands, original lands must be released with compensation, say Tamil activists
28.09.19 13:24   Photo
SL State-owned paper refuses to publish condemnation issued by Hindu Congress
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31794