Merit award winner - (Mawbima)media | best web awards | | Last updated three minutes ago


Rains continue merciless onslaught

Due to the savage mauling inflicted by the continuing floods and landslides, the death toll in the country has risen to 22, leaving 5,314 families and 22,449 persons stranded in its wake.

Ceylontoday, 2014-06-04 02:00:00
Read 76 Times

Rains continue merciless onslaught

Deaths rise to 22 and 22,499 persons displaced

By Menaka Indrakumar and Ruwan Laknath Jayakody


Due to the savage mauling inflicted by the continuing floods and landslides, the death toll in the country has risen to 22, leaving 5,314 families and 22,449 persons stranded in its wake.


Authorities say the death toll is likely to rise due to the increasing flood levels, especially in the Kalutara District.
Although the government was understaffed when it came to handling matters like this, Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera, attempting to absolve the government of complete responsibility for this calamity, said this horrendous catastrophe could have been averted to a certain degree if people built their abodes according to National Building Research Organization (NBRO) recommendations.


By 1 p.m. yesterday, 598 families and 2,535 persons were to share space in 14 safe locations.
However, the numbers displaced have since reached a staggering 7,592 families and 27,243 individuals, who only have 23 safe camps and temples to take temporarily shelter in.

In the havoc wreaked, 44 houses have been fully destroyed and 329 houses have been partly damaged.
Director of the National Disaster Relief Services Centre (NDRSC), Prasanna Chandith said, "The highest death toll of 14 was reported in the Kalutara District, followed by four in Ratnapura, two in Colombo and one each in Matara and Kurunegala, while two persons have gone missing in Akuressa and Biyagama. In Gampaha eight persons have been injured."


He added, "The present death toll will most probably increase due to the rising flood levels in the Walallawita area in the Kalutara District.
The Walallawita Divisional Secretariat has moved its office to a safer location and more of our officers from Colombo have been rushed to the Kalutara District to take stock of the situation."


Meanwhile, the NBRO, while stating that rainfall would continue at 100 millimetres, issued another 24-hour Level 2 landslide warning requesting extreme vigilance from citizens in the in high risk Districts of Kalutara (Agalawatta, Palinda Nuwara, Matugama, Bulathsinhala, Kalutara and Walallawita), Galle (Neluwa and Thawalama), Ratnapura (Kalawana, Elapatha, Ratnapura, Balangoda, Eheliyagoda and Nivithigala), Kegalle (Yatiyanthota, Deraniyagala, Ruwanwella and Dehiowita), Badulla (Haldummulla) and Nuwara Eliya (Ambagamuwa and Nuwara Eliya) for possible landslides, rock falls and cut slope failures.

Ceylon FT

Ceylon Finance Today: The Government is currently probing the transaction of the Central Bank's investments Employees Provident Fund in the Colombo Stock Exchange.
ADMO Solar, a leader in advanced energy technology, initiated a partnership with Sri Lanka Telecom, facilitating special packages and services related to solar
The Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) Sri Lanka - the pioneer and leader in Human Resources Management in the country was invited to share their insights
The first-ever official joint meet between Vietnam and Sri Lanka to be held in Colombo since the historic official trade linkages in Hanoi opened in August 2014,

Focus

"The turtles do not eat salad, they eat seaweed," said Nimal a thin, ageing old man, carrying a bag of seaweed to an equally ageing Russian tourist, wearing a swimsuit
Over 25 per cent of the world's workers are Indian, and 300 million young people are in the pipeline to enter the labour force by 2025. India's population, with
Icome now to what seems a contentious issue, unnecessarily so. The manifesto on which the President won the election clearly pledged that 'An all party committee
Chavatkaddu is a fishing village in Jaffna, much like any other fishing village in the area, except for one thing, their village celebrity and spokesperson is a