Inclement weather leaves trail of destruction

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The prevailing inclement weather conditions have wreaked havoc across the country, claiming the lives of four persons, affecting 7,649 persons from 1,766 families in five districts, Jaffna, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Galle and Ratnapura, the Disaster Management Centre said yesterday (2).

The deaths have been reported from Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat (DS) Division due to flooding and it has been reported that another three individuals have gone missing from the same DS Division as well.

The DMC added that two persons in Chankanai DS Division in the Jaffna District, as a result of heavy wind, two persons from one family in the Kotmale DS Division, as a result of cutting failure, 344 persons from 81 families in the Ambagamuwa DS Division, as a result of flood and cutting failure, and 47 families from 11 families in the Nuwara Eliya DS Division, as a result of flood and landslide threats had been affected in the Nuwara Eliya District.

Altogether, 3,378 persons from 726 families had been affected in Pasbage Korale, as a result of flooding in the Kandy District, while 2 persons from one family in the Madampagama DS Division in the Galle District were affected when a tree fell on their house.

By Naalir Jamaldeen