Flood victims increase; Landslide warnings in ten Districts

Flood victims increase; Landslide warnings in ten Districts

January 12, 2011   01:15 pm

The National Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported that 966,757 people belonging to 257,993 families have now been affected by the heavy floods in many parts of the island while 18 deaths have been reported along with 47 injuries.

 

Director General of the DMC, Major General Gamini Hettiarachchi speaking at the media conference said that 11,338 homes had been partially damaged while 1,609 homes had been fully damaged. He added that around 200 tanks had also been damaged in the floods.

 

Meanwhile, P.B. Samarasinghe, Director General of the Meteorological Department said that rains are expected for the next three days while this was the heaviest rains that the country had witnessed in over thirty years.

 

R.M.S. Bandara of the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) said that landslide warnings had been issued in 10 Districts including Matale, Badulla and Kandy where besides the heavy rains, poorly planned constructions on sloped areas had also contributed greatly to the reported landslides.

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