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Fear of the FCID welfare process stalled  👤1059

2017-05-30 11:33:44

By Ayodhya Rupasinghe

The welfare provision process has been badly affected owing to the fear of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Udaya Gammanpila said.

He went on to note that the present government officials are afraid of being penalized when providing welfare to the people.

Women go into labour in Chopper  👤1156

2017-05-30 10:04:40

By Shaahidah Riza

Two pregnant women, who were being airlifted from Kalawana had experienced labour pains on the flight, Air Force Spokesman, Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne told to Ceylon Today.

Weather Today   👤1286

2017-05-30 08:43:51

As the cyclonic storm 'MORA' is expected enter to the Bangladesh land and weaken today. Possibility for heavy rain and strong winds will be reduce by tomorrow. But, under it's influence cloudy skies, windy and showery conditions are expected over the country today.

Very strong winds about 80 kmph can be expected over the country (These windy conditions are especially expected over the western slope of the central hills) and surrounding sea areas.

Flood and landslides: 180 deaths, 110 missing  👤1073

2017-05-29 22:23:24

The number of deaths due to the floods and landslides has increased up to 180 while 110 are missing, Disaster Management Center said.

Speaker pays last respects to flight Sergeant Yaparathna.  👤1324

2017-05-29 15:46:43

Speaker KaruJayasuriya paid his last respects to the late Flight Sergeant YMS Yaparathna.

Schools in flood-affected districts closed until Friday  👤1453

2017-05-29 15:18:35

Education Minister Akila Wiraj Kariyawasam said that it has been decided to close all the schools in the flood-affected districts from tomorrow (30th May) to Friday (2nd June).

People in and around Panadura be aware of possible floods  👤1693

2017-05-29 13:44:19

The people of Panadura South, Panadura North, Wadduwa, Bandaragama and Anguruwathota are warned to be aware of floods as there is a risk of the safety dam built across Panapitiya and Bolgoda river collapsing.

Death toll rises to 169: 104 still missing  👤1957

2017-05-29 12:19:03

Around 471,542 people belonging to 128,586 families were affected in 15 Districts due to the flood situation, Disaster Management Center sources said.

Southern Expressway entry & exit points submerged  👤1807

2017-05-29 11:09:48

BY KAVINDYA CHRIS THOMAS

Traffic using the Southern Expressway has been restricted due to flooding in certain areas.

Several entry and exit points on the Southern Expressway have been inundated since last Saturday evening.
Police said all vehicular movements from Dodamgoda to Matara have been stopped and have been diverted to exit from the Pinnaduwa gate.

Air Force helicopter in Baddegama crashes  👤2358

2017-05-29 09:04:07

An Air Force helicopter M.I.17, involved in the relief effort has crashed in Baddegama during the distribution of relief materials to those who are affected by the adverse weather.

Weather Today  👤1846

2017-05-29 08:46:43

The depression in the Eastcentral Bay of Bengal has intensified in to a Cyclonic storm 'MORA' and It is further moving away from the island.Under it's influence cloudy skies, windy and showery conditions are expected over the country.

Second Indian ship with relief goods arrive  👤1765

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  👤1791

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  👤1999

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  👤2035

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  👤2105

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  👤2333

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  👤1008

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  👤1291

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  👤1257

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.

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