8000 affected by flash floods in southern Sri Lanka

8000 affected by flash floods in southern Sri Lanka

Colombo May 14 (newsin.asia) – 8000 people were affected as heavy rains caused flash floods in Sri Lanka’s southern districts of Galle and Kalutara on Sunday, the Disaster Management Center said in a statement Monday.

A Spokesperson for the Center, Pradeep Kodippilli said that several people had been evacuated from their homes due to the heavy down pour, but as the rains had ceased by Monday morning, the situation was normalizing.

He said no casualties or damages had been reported but those living in low lying areas were asked to to be vigilant.

He said further rains were expected on Monday night, but there had been no warning issued thus far.

Sri Lanka’s meteorological department, in its latest weather report said showers or thundershowers would occur over most provinces of the island country by Monday evening due to the result of the south west monsoons.

Heavy falls, could also be expected at some places, particularly in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva and Western provinces and in Polonnaruwa and Vauniya districts, the meteorological department said.

In 2017, the southwest monsoons which hit Sri Lanka in the mid week of May caused heavy flooding and landslides in several districts across the country resulting in over 200 deaths while thousands were displaced.

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