Sri Lanka – 6 Dead, Thousands Displaced as Heavy Rain Continues

The ongoing flood situation in Sri Lanka has worsened, with over 167,000 people now affected across 21 districts in the country.

Heavy rain in Sri Lanka brought by the North-East Monsoon began in late November. Three people died in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Central Province on 30 November, 2019.

As of 01 December, around 4,000 people were affected, mostly in Batticaloa and Ampara in Eastern Province and Mannar in Northern Province.

According to figures from the country’s Disaster Management Center (DMC), as of 07 December, 167,436 people (49,535 families) have now been affected, with 13,208 people from 4,081 families evacuated to the 110 locations set up to assist those displaced. Most of these locations are in the Mullative, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa and Badulla districts.

Many of those evacuated have been able to return to their homes over the last 2 days and the current number of displaced stands at 7,106, with most of those (4,039) in Kilinochchi in Northern Province.

Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported that as a result of heavy rainfall, strong winds and landslides, 29 houses have been destroyed and 1,172 houses damaged, mostly in the Uva and Central provinces.

Including the 3 fatalities reported in the landslide in Central Province, 6 people have now died as a result of severe weather in Sri Lanka since late November. DMC reported that 1 person died in flooding in Ampara, another in flooding in Trincomalee. One person died as a result of wind damage in Kilinochchi.

Featured Image: file photo for illustration. Credit: Sri Lanka Red Cross Society