By Ifham Nizam
Nearly 330,000 persons belonging to more than 82,688 families were displaced due to the inclement weather that continues in most parts of the country, a senior official of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.
Some 56,774 people of 15, 589 families are being housed in 174 camps for the internally displaced, Disaster Management Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera said, adding the number of deaths since last Monday had jumped to 27 while 36 persons were injured and 14 missing.
More than 1,434 houses have been completely destroyed and 4,782 houses are partially damaged.
The DMC officials said necessary amenities are being distributed among the displaced people via the District Disaster Coordinators.
Inclement weather wreaked havoc in most parts of Central, North Central, North Western, Uva, Sabaragamuwa and the Eastern Provinces during the week.
Of the 27 deaths, 12 have been reported from the Central Province, mostly due to landslides. Several roads in the Province are impassable due to earth slips hindering relief efforts and access to relief workers, said DMC Early Warning Centre, Assistant Director, Pradeep Kodippili.
Sri Lanka Navy has deployed 27 flood relief teams with boats to the areas affected. Navy teams have rescued and transferred some 1,500 people marooned in several areas.
The rising floodwaters in Chilaw in the Puttalam District have threatened the operations at the Chilaw Hospital and authorities have taken measures to transfer 300 resident patients to the Ragama, Marawila and Colombo hospitals yesterday morning. Reportedly, authorities have expressed fear that floodwaters may damage the Chilaw Hospital's Blood Bank and the medicine storage division.
Several reservoirs in the affected provinces have reached spill level and the sluice gates have been opened, the Irrigation Ministry said.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department yesterday said there will be scattered showers in the Northern, Eastern, North Central and Uva Provinces and in the eastern slopes of the central hills and in the Hambantota District. (Ceylon Today Online)