Colombo, Oct 11 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center, on Thursday said that 12 people had been killed and over 69,000 affected from the heavy winds and rains which lashed out across the island since last weekend.
DMC Spokesperson, Pradeep Kodippili said that while rains had now reduced, people who had relocated to safe shelters were urged not to return back home due to the threat of landslides.
He said people living in low lying areas were also advised to be cautious as rivers had reached spill levels and could overflow if rains continued.
Kodippili said that a red landslide warning also remained in place in the Kalutara District, in the south, and people in the risk prone areas had been evacuated to safe shelters.
An emergency line had also been set up by the Disaster Management Center for those who needed help or were stranded due to the floods.
Hundreds of officials from the tri forces and the police had been deployed in the flooded areas and were continuing in rescue operations and distributing first aid and dry rations to those affected.
President Maithripala Sirisena, has also ordered for the continuous supply of dry rations, drinking water, and health facilities to be distributed to those who were in safe shelters and those affected by the floods.
The Meteorology Department, in its latest weather update said the severe Cyclonic Storm “TITLI” in the Bay of Bengal, which had bought in heavy rains to Sri Lanka, was now located 1200 kilometers away from Trincomalee, in the east, and was likely to intensify further and move north-westwards towards Andhra Pradesh and enter the coast of India later Thursday.
However it warned that heavy falls of about 75 mm could be expected in some districts in Sri Lanka.