Colombo: Over 60,000 people have been affected by flash floods and heavy winds in Sri Lanka’s northern part after days of heavy rains, officials said on Monday. Out of those affected, over 11,000 people were evacuated to safe locations as their homes were inundated due to continuous rains, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre said.
As of Monday morning, floodwaters were receding and the situation was normalising but people were cautioned as more rains were expected in days to come, said DMC spokesperson Pradeep Kodippili. Mullaitivu, Killinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna were worst-hit. No deaths or injuries were reported. Military and police were involved in rescue work while President Maithripala Sirisena asked officials to provide relief to the victims.
The Meteorology Department warned of more rains in the north, east and north central provinces and said heavy falls were expected in Central, Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces.