Colombo, May 28 (NIA) – The death toll from Sri Lanka’s devastating floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains reached 146 by Sunday noon, the Disaster Management Center said.
According to the latest DMC statistics, 112 people were missing while 442,000 people were affected.
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered immediate relief to the victims of the disaster and ordered the treasury secretary to provide funds for relief measures and reimburse the damages.
Hundreds of teams consisting of the tri forces, police and relief organisations were on the ground continuing search and rescue missions while those injured were being treated in state hospitals.
The Health Ministry said that it was providing all the necessary facilities to those injured while thousands of people continued to be evacuated to the 304 safe centers set up across the country.
Hundreds of people residing near lakes and rivers in southern Sri Lanka continue to be evacuated to safer locations due to rising water levels, with the Meteorology Department forecasting on Sunday of more rains in south western Sri Lanka.
Severe rains and strong winds have caused major floods and landslides in many parts of Sri Lanka since Friday, with rescue teams fearing a rise in the death toll.