Floods affect more than 1,200 families in three districts



Buddhist monks wading through floodwater at Anguruatota in Kalutara yesterday

by Rathindra Kuruwita

Over 5,000 people have been affected by the floods in three districts, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says.The flood victims belong to 1,275 families.

Water levels of Gin, Nilwala and Kalu rivers and Attanagalu Oya continued to rise, causing minor flooding in some areas, the DMC said, adding that landslide warnings had been issued for eight districts—Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matale and Ratnapura.

Water levels of Kelani Ganga, which flows through highly populous areas, were also rising, the DMC said, asking the public to remain alert. Many low-lying areas in Kolonnawa were underwater, the DMC said.

Colombo Fort had received the highest rainfall (138.5 mmm) during the 24 hours that ended at 8 am on Sunday, the Met Department said.Heavy rains would occur in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces on Monday as well, the Department said.

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