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Second Indian ship with relief goods arrive  👤321

2017-05-28 17:03:24

INS Shardul, the second Indian cargo ship with relief goods for the flood victims arrived at the port of Colombo this evening (28th May).

Floods affect transportation in several areas  👤322

2017-05-28 16:42:06

Several main roads and areas in following Police Divisions have been inundated and the transportation has been halted, police said.

Kalutara - Panapitiya dam : Water at spill level  👤480

2017-05-28 15:15:04

People in residing in Kalutara, Panadura, and Wadduwa are warned to be on alert as there is a risk of Kalutara Panapitiya dam spilling over.

Army continues with relief work  👤602

2017-05-28 12:44:08

Continuing with ongoing relief work, Sri Lanka Army had deployed a total of 1,600 Army personnel belonging to the SFHQ-West for rescue and relief operations in flood and landslide affected areas by yesterday (27th May), army media sources said.

126 dead, 97 missing during floods  👤698

2017-05-28 11:48:55

As per the situation report issued by the DMC today at 10.00. a.m., there are 126 deaths while 97 are missing. Further, 100,924 people belonging to 24,374 families were located at 304 safe locations.

Showers to enhance from tomorrow  👤903

2017-05-28 10:27:08

Although the heavy rainy condition has reduced temporary, showery conditions are likely to enhance again over south-western part of the island from 29th May, Met. Department said.

Over 493, 000 displaced: Death toll increased up to 113  👤898

2017-05-27 18:16:02

The total number of displaced persons due to the disaster situation has increased upto 493, 455, Disaster Management Center sources said. The number of safety centers has increased up to 185.

First Indian ship with relief goods arrives in Colombo  👤1179

2017-05-27 13:11:16

The First Indian cargo Ship carrying relief goods, medical teams and equipment for the flood and landslide victims arrived at the Port of Colombo this morning.

‘Africa Day’ celebrated in Colombo  👤1142

2017-05-27 11:38:48

The South African High Commission in Colombo, on Thursday (25) celebrated 'Africa Day' by hoisting the flag of the African Union. This was followed by a reception hosted by HC for invitees including Honorary Consuls to Countries in Africa, and several staff of diplomatic missions.

Sex education from Grade Six  👤1401

2017-05-27 10:04:46

By Daya Perera and J. T. De Silva

As a step towards preventing underage girls from getting pregnant as well as abuse of children and sexual harassment, the Divisional Monitoring Committee of Parliament on Women and Gender, has decided to teach students from Grade 6-13 in schools the subject of sexuality and reproductive health.

Navy joins in relief operations  👤817

2017-05-26 20:22:25

Sri Lanka Navy has deployed over 31 relief, search and rescue teams comprising 197 naval personnel along with 31 relief boats for the prevailing flood situation.

Two ships with relief goods from India  👤1170

2017-05-26 18:48:15

The government of India on the request of Sri Lanka has taken steps to send two ships with relief goods, medical teams and equipment to assist the flood and landslide affected people in Sri Lanka.

Heavy traffic reported in and around Colombo  👤1217

2017-05-26 14:24:31

Heavy traffic has been reported in and around Colombo due to heavy rain. 

Water levels in major rivers increase  👤1550

2017-05-26 13:12:52

Several access roads have become inundated disrupting the rescue boat operations in the Galle District, said District Secretary S.T. Kodikara said this morning at a special Disaster Management meeting.

Schools in Sabaragamuwa Province closed  👤1469

2017-05-26 12:17:05

All the schools in Sabaragamuwa Province have been temporary closed today due to the prevailing torrential rains.

23 killed due to floods  👤1881

2017-05-26 12:00:28

23 killed due to floods and landslides in Ratnapura and Kalutara districts. Rescue operations launched - DMC

Inform disaster situations on the following numbers  👤1499

2017-05-26 11:16:55

Ministry of Home Affairs has introduced the following telephone numbers to inform in the event of a disaster due to the prevailing heavy rains.

Pakistani students visit SL  👤1653

2017-05-26 10:24:09

An eight-member student delegation, along with their teachers from The City School, Lahore, led by Shazia Zahid, is visiting Sri Lanka from 24 to 28 May, 2017 under a Student Exchange Programme, with Harcourts International School, Sri Lanka.

Heavy rains in five districts  👤1961

2017-05-26 09:43:39

Within the past 21 hrs very heavy showers were reported from Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces (Rathnapura meteorological station received a heavy rainfall of 196.7 mm), Met Department says.

Dead Jumbo’s stomach contained 25kg polythene  👤1539

2017-05-25 12:08:31

The stomach of a dead wild elephant was found to contain over 25 kg of polythene, according to Wild Life officials in the Polonnaruwa District.

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