Inclement weather wreaks havoc: 17 dead, 40 injured and 33 missing


By Ravi Ladduwahetty

Torrential rains, floods and gale force winds have left at least 17 people dead, 40 injured, 33 missing and displaced 33,957 individuals in 8,357 families in seven districts during the past two days, reports said.

The Disaster Management Centre reported yesterday that inclement weather had wreaked havoc Batticaloa, Badulla, Moneragala, Galle, Kalutara, Amapara and Nuwara Eliya districts.

Parts of the Galle and Matara districts were amongst the worst hit as gale force winds accompanied by heavy rains caused extensive damage to property . In the Galle district, three deaths were reported with 13 others injured while in Matara 12 persons were killed, 27 injured and 33 missing. A total of 1,796 families were affected.In centres In the Galle district, 57 families were affected in Kadawathsathara, 15 in Hikkaduwa, 520 in Habaraduwa, seven in Elpitiya, 13 families in Niyagama, 122 in Imaduwa, 10 in Nagoda and 15 in Yakkalamulla.

In the Matara district, the affected areas were: Devinuwara, Dickwella, Matara, Hakmana, Mulatiyana, Athureliya, Pasgoda, Weligama, Thihagoda, Malimbada, Pitabeddara, Kotapola, Kirinde, Puhulwela and Kamburupitiya.

Heavy rains were also experienced in Anuradhapura, Batticaloa and Moneragala. Floods were also reported from Kilinochchi, Ampara and Kalutara regions. Landslides occurred in Badulla and Nuwara Eliya flowing torrential rains.

Tangalle, Beliatta, Hambantota and Ambalantota experienced heavy rain and gale force winds displacing 16 families.

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