Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 3 Dead, 5,000 Displaced

Severe weather including heavy rain, flash floods, landslides and strong winds has affected Sri Lanka since 03 June 2021. According to the latest reported from the country’s Disaster Management Centre, (DMC), 3 people have died and 2 are missing.

DMC report flooding, landslides and strong winds since 03 June have affected the districts of Gampaha, Ratnapura, Colombo, Puttalam, Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya and Kurunegala districts.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology reported that the town of Ingirya in Kalutara saw 327 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 June. In a 24 hour period to 04 June 247 mm of rain fell in Eheliyagoda in Ratnapura, 208.7 mm in Katunayake in Gampaha and 218.5 mm in Ingirya in Kalutara.

A total of 133,280 people have been affected by the severe weather and 5,182 displaced. As many as 468 homes have been damaged and 7 destroyed.

Fatalities were reported in Millaniya, Kalutara District (1); Madampe in Puttalam District (1) and in Ayagama, Rathnapura District, where 3 houses were destroyed another person was missing and 1 injured.

DMC reported flooding in Gampaha District affected 98,052 people and displaced 3,551. Floods also struck in Colombo District, affecting 28,240 people and displacing 1,469. In Nuwara Eliya district, 290 people were affected by floods and 44 displaced.

The heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides in Rathnapura District (2,107 affected, 83 displaced) and Kalutara District (1,454 affected and 35 displaced). Two houses were destroyed and 3 damaged in Palindanuwara, Kalutara.

DMC also reported floods and high winds caused damage in parts of Puttalam district affected 3,137 people. One person was reported missing after floods in Mahawewa.

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