Death toll of Sri Lanka natural disaster rises to 63


The number of deaths caused by floods and landslides had increased to 63, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today (May 20).
It said so far more than 400,000 people of some 100,000 families had been badly affected.
“About 132 people are still missing and 29 people are injured,” it said.
The disaster management center says that the inclement weather condition in 22 districts in the Island has affected more than 418 thousand persons in 99 thousand families.  41 bodies have so far being recovered. More than 300 thousand persons are languishing in welfare centers.
Around 350 welfare centers have been set up for flood victims.  It has also been reported that search operations have commenced this morning to find the persons disappeared in the earthslip at the Samasara Kanda Aranayake.  Around one hundred army personnel and 150 special task force personnel are engaged in search operations in the middle portion of the mountain.
14,000 of Kaduwela and 18,000 of Colombo zone have been accommodated at the temporary shelters. 190 thousand people belonging to more 18,600 families in the Gampaha district have also been displaced. Waththala, Biyagama and Kelaniya divisions of the Gampaha district have been badly affected. The center reports that 286 housing units countrywide have been fully damaged and 3057 units have been partially damaged.

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