Adverse Weather Continues To Hit Vulnerable People

Shakila Ifham

October 11, 2023


Some 46,060 individuals from 12,722 families have been affected by the current inclement weather which has continued for weeks, the Disaster Management Centre said.

Despite painstaking efforts by the DMCs, the Southern Province remains the hardest hit with 30,686 people being affected by yesterday (October 10).

More than 1,245 houses across the island have been partially damaged, while 28 houses were destroyed owing to the adverse weather conditions.

The Department of Irrigation has lifted flood warnings issued to the low-lying areas of two rivers yesterday.Accordingly, flood warning message No. 12 issued to the Kuda Ganga sub-basin and flood warning message No. 10 issued to the Aththanagalu Oya basin on Monday have been lifted.

However, the Irrigation Department stressed that it remains on alert about changes in rainfall and water levels of rivers across the country and that in the event of a flood situation, all necessary measures have been taken to forewarn the public.

Meanwhile, the warning mentioned in the flood warning for the Gin Ganga basin first issued on September 28, has been extended for another 24 hours until 09.00 a.m. today (11).The relevant warning has been extended although the flood situation prevailing in the lower valley of the Gin Ganga basin is on a gradually decreasing trend while the effects of the flood are still witnessed in some areas. Thereby, the residents of and motorists driving through these areas have been advised to pay careful attention in this regard.