Nearly 50,000 People Hit By Flash Floods In Northern Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Nearly 50,000 people have been affected by recent flash floods in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Sunday.

Nearly 14,000 families had been affected due to the heavy rains and floods in all the five districts of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.

Over 13,000 families in the Tamil-majority area have been impacted, authorities said.“Search and rescue teams have been mobilised with boats. As many as 670 military and police officials have been deployed.

The affected districts are Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna. Disaster Management Center said, steps have been taken to provide food, medicine and other essential items to the displaced persons at the shelters.

A number of Army and Navy teams have been deployed to rescue the displaced. Naval personnel have been deployed in the area with several naval craft.

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant authorities to take necessary steps in order to provide relief to those affected by severe rains and floods in the Mulathivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar provinces.

The Navy and the Army personnel were engaged in relief and rescue missions in the Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi Districts, which are worst affected by the inclement weather condition.