President Ranil Wickremesinghe has asked all district secretaries to coordinate relief work with the help of the Disaster Management Center for people affected by bad weather.
The President also mentioned that all necessary provisions have been allocated through the Ministry of Finance and ordered officials to provide all necessary facilities including food and medicine to the affected people. He advised officials to pay particular attention to the sanitary facilities of those affected.
The president further instructed the district secretaries to coordinate with all division secretaries and line ministry officials to secure the support of government officials and the armed forces in this relief program.
The Meteorology Department forecast more rain today and tomorrow due to the influence of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), the region where winds from the Northern Hemisphere and winds from the Southern Hemisphere converge, which is located near the country.
The Department forecast heavy showers in excess of 100mm in parts of Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and Galle and Matara Districts.
“The public is urged to take adequate precautions to minimize damage from temporary localized high winds and lightning during thunderstorms,” the department added.
He also predicted that the sea areas off the coast stretching from Galle to Pottuvil via Matara and Hambantota would be choppy at times. “Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thunderstorms,” the marine weather report said.
According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC) situation report at noon yesterday, three people were confirmed dead (one in Trincomalee due to lightning and two in Kegalle due to a collapsing earthen mound) , and two other people were missing. A total of 61,467 people belonging to 15,404 families were affected due to adverse weather conditions that prevailed for several days, including heavy rains, floods, high winds, collapsing earthen mounds and lightning. Floods were recorded in Kelaniya, Mahara, Katana, Ja-Ela, Dompe, Gampaha, Wattala, Biyagama, Miniwangoda, Attanagala, Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, Thimbirigasyaya, Homagama, Kaduwela, Seethawaka, Rathnapura, Eheliyagoda, Elapatha, Kuruwita and Warakapola.
The DMC said 1,927 people belonging to 439 families in Gampaha and Colombo districts have been accommodated in 21 safe places. About 193 houses were partially damaged and five others completely damaged. Nine commercial establishments were also damaged due to heavy rains.
The water levels of the Kelani, Kalu and Gin and Attanagalu Oya rivers, which reached flood stage, had been falling since yesterday. However, many areas still remained flooded and many roads were impassable for light vehicles as of noon yesterday. The Kaduwela entrance to the southern highway was also flooded.