Colombo, May 31 (NIA) – The death toll by Sri Lanka’s devastating floods and landslides reached 202 by Wednesday morning while 96 people are still missing, the Disaster Management Center said.
63 people are injured and seeking treatment in state hospitals while over 600,000 people have been affected.
Severe rains and strong winds which lashed out across Sri Lanka since Friday have caused major floods and landslides in many areas of the island with the worst affected being the southern district.
As water levels are now receding, tri forces along with rescue teams have now launched a massive clean up operation in order to restore normalcy in the affected areas.
At least 83,200 people are seeking shelter in safe locations and many are unable to return to their homes due to fully damaged or partially damaged houses.
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday said the reconstruction of 640 fully destroyed houses and 5,329 partially destroyed houses will start soon.
Sirisena who also visited the worst affected district of Ratnapura on Sunday ordered authorities to provide maximum and immediate relief to the victims and ordered the treasury to release funds to compensate those affected.
International aid has also poured into the country with several countries donating funds and sending relief supplies.
These countries include China, US, UK, Pakistan, India, Australia, Norway and EU.
The Sri Lankan government has thanked the international community for its assistance at this hour of grief.
As cyclone Mora has now moved away from the island country, the Meteorology Department said on Monday that the possibility of heavy rain and strong winds will reduce by Monday.
However it said fairly strong winds about 50 kmph could be expected over some parts of the districts.