Sri Lanka Floods – 2 More Dead and 17,000 Displaced

The Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC) say that 2 further deaths have been caused by the floods that have affected several parts of the country over the last 4 days.

The recent fatalities occurred in Gampaha District in the Western Province, yesterday 16 November 2015. On person died in the floods earlier this week after floods struck in Kilinochchi district, Northern Province.

Sri Lanka DMC say that over 17,400 people have been displaced by the floods and heavy rain since 13 November, nearly all of them (17,255) in Northern Province. Many are currently staying in temporary accommodation in temporary relief camps, schools or community buildings. Across the country as a whole, around 130,000 people have been affected.

DMC say that 2,695 houses have been damaged and that almost 160 houses have been completely destroyed in the floods.

The Sri Lanka government announced that over 700 Army troops attached to the Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and Wanni Districts have been deployed to provide immediate rescue measures, meals, relocation facilities, medical assistances, sanitary and technical facilities.

Floods in northern Sri Lanka
Floods in northern Sri Lanka, November 2015. Photo: Sri Lanka Red Cross

Neighbouring parts of southern India, in particular the state of Tamil Nadu, have also been badly affected by heavy rain. Latest reports there suggest that over 70 people have died in flood-related incidents since last week.