Fourteen people have been killed and one has been reported missing as heavy rains accompanied by high winds continue to hit Sri Lanka since last week, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.
According to the latest figures from the DMC, more than 100,000 families have been affected in the nine districts due to inclement weather conditions while 114 people have been relocated to safe places, reports the Xinhua news agency.
The Center also said 22 people were injured in rain-related incidents.
Sri Lanka’s meteorology department said on Thursday that a red alert had been issued for 19 districts, as heavy showers of over 100mm were expected in 19 districts.
The meteorology department said the red alert was issued due to the low-altitude atmospheric disturbance prevailing over southeastern Sri Lanka and the adjacent southwest of the Bay of Bengal, which had developed in a low pressure disturbance and was currently located in the east of the country. .
Weather conditions are expected to intensify over the next 24 hours, but the lower atmospheric disturbance is expected to move northwest.
People living in low-lying areas have been urged to relocate inland, the DMC said.