Sri Lanka – Floods in Central Provinces Displace 1,500

Sri Lanka‘s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reports that heavy rain and flash flooding damaged homes and displaced over 1,500 people in the districts of Kandy and Kegalle.

In Kandy, areas of Gangawata Korale and Pasbage Korale were badly affected after heavy rain from 11 August. DMC reported 1,509 people were displaced as a result of floods and heavy rain, which severely damaged 19 homes. In total 1,972 people from 426 families were affected.

As much as 152.9mm of rain fell in Handessa, Kandy in 24 hours to 13 August 2021 according to Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology.

Around the same time areas of Deraniyagala Town in Kegalle also saw flooding. As many as 21 homes were damaged and 54 people displaced, DMC said. A total of 87 people were directly affected.

As many as 17 people died and over 25,000 were displaced as a result of floods and severe weather in Sri Lanka in early June 2021.

Featured image: File photo for illustration. Floods in northern Sri Lanka, November 2015. Photo: Sri Lanka Red Cross