Death Toll Rises in Sri Lanka Floods

The death toll for the floods disaster in Sri Lanka has now risen to 23. Some reports claim that at least 10,000 people have been displaced by the floods, and there is still further rainfall expected. As much as 95mm of rain fell in 24 hours 03 to 04 June in Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, which lies about 85 km east of Colombo.

The worst affected areas are in the south and west of the country, in particular the district of Kaluthara in Western Province.

Colombo, the capital, and neighbouring areas have all seen some flooding. Around 1,5000 houses have been damaged.

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Floods in Sri Lanka. Photo from AzzamAmeen @ twitter

According to the Sri Lanka Red Cross, 110,109 people from 9 districts have been affected by the floods. Their concern now is the possible rise of vector-borne and diarrheal disease in the wake of the flooding. The Red Cross are urging those in flood affected areas to use mosquito nets and repellents, and also to ensure their drinking water is safe.

According to the Red Cross in Sri Lanka:

As of now, non-food relief items consisting of hygiene items, kitchen sets, clothes, lanterns, jerry cans, and mosquito nets have been distributed in Kalutara. First aid services were also provided to people with minor injuries.

Rescues and Evacuations

The armed forces, in particular the Sri Lanka navy, have been carrying out rescues and evacuations. Damage to roads and bridges has hampered rescue and aid missions. Many of the displaced have been moved to temporary accommodation on higher ground and food supplies have been distributed by navy personnel. According to the official navy press release:

29 persons were rescued in Pelawatte, 12 persons in Kudaligama, 45 persons in Palinda Nuwara and 5 persons in Miriswatta. (Navy personnel) saved 10 persons in Welipenna, 20 persons in Ihalawelgama, 4 persons in Pitigala, 04 persons in Polegoda and 5 persons in Kiribathgoda.

Further Rainfall

Some further rainfall of up to 100mm is expected, according to the Sri Lanka National Department of Meteorology:

Due to the atmospheric disturbances in the vicinity of Sri Lanka showery weather is expected to continue over most parts of the island and in the sea areas around the island, Met Dept. said on 04 June 2014.

Showers or thunder showers will occur at times over most parts of the island. Heavy falls are also likely (more than 100mm) at some places (particularly in the western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts)