Sri Lanka – 2 More Fatalities as Thousands Affected by Floods and Landslides in Rathnapura

Heavy rain has continued to fall in Sri Lanka, causing 2 more fatalities, destroying homes and displacing around 1,100 people.

The country’s Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported flooding and landslides in Kegalle, Rathnapura, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts on 19 May. Strong winds caused damage in Monaragala and Badulla districts.

A total of 9,716 people have been affected with around 8,000 of them in Rathnapura where over 1,000 people have been displaced and 2 people have died. Around 100 people were displaced in Matara. Four people have now died as a result of severe weather in the country since 15 May, when 2 fatalities were reported after in Kegalle District.

Six houses in Rathnapura and 1 in Matara were destroyed as a result of floods or landslides on 19 May. Strong winds destroyed a home in Monaragala. A total of 586 homes were damaged in severe weather from 19 May, including 409 in Rathnapura District.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology said the recent heavy rain was a result of the influence of Cyclonic Storm Amphan. As much as 173.5mm of rain was recorded at Alton Estate, Nuwara-Eliya, in 24 hours to 20 May. The previous day 193.3mm of rain fell at Rathnapura.

The department said fairly heavy showers of about 75 mm can be expected in Nuwara-Eliya, Kaluthara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle and Matara districts on 20 May. The influence of Amphan is expected to reduce from 21 May as the storms continues north over the central Bay of Bengal.

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