Death toll increases to 17
By Paneetha Ameresekere
Seventeen were killed, two are missing, and five were injured due to floods, landslides, and earthslips, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), issuing its latest report at 6:00 p.m. yesterday said. The fatalities reported on Monday were 16. The dead included four who were killed by a landslide in Aranayaka, Kegalle on Saturday.
Among the balance 13 reported dead, three each were from the Gampaha, Ratnapura, and Puttalam Districts; one each from the Colombo, Galle and Kalutara Districts and another from the Kegalle District, respectively. Meanwhile, the two missing comprised one each from Kalutara and Kurunegala Districts, respectively.
And the five injured; two from Kalutara and one each from Gampaha, Ratnapura and Nuwara Eliya Districts respectively. “Floods, landslides and earthslips impacted 271,110 people attached to 67,613 families as at 6:00 p.m. yesterday,” DMC further said, compared to lower figures collated on Monday. A total number of 26,806 people belonging to 6,177 families have been highly impacted and evacuated to 106 safety centres set up to assist the displaced, it said.
Most of these safety centres are in the Colombo (52), Gampaha (18), Kalutara (10) and Ratnapura (11) Districts. Another 22,975 of these displaced people (5,710 families) are residing with relatives or at friends’ houses, DMC said. Most affected areas were Kolonnawa, Kaduwela and Kotte in the Colombo District; Wattala, Kelaniya, Biyagama, Ekala, Ja Ela, Katana, Gampaha in the Gampaha District; Eheliyagoda in the Ratnapura District, and Millaniya in the Kalutara District, the DMC report said.
Seventeen houses have been fully damaged and another 978 houses partially damaged in the Ratnapura, Gampaha, Colombo, Puttalam, Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle, Kandy, Kurunegala and Galle Districts as a result of the inclement weather, DMC further said. Meanwhile, the breakdown of the aforesaid 271,110 people impacted by the inclement weather are Gampaha (161,383); Colombo (65,465); Puttalam (29,049); Ratnapura (5,689); Kalutara (4,476); Kurunegala (3,653); Kegalle (1,059); Nuwara Eliya (301) and Kandy (35); respectively.