Death toll in Sri Lanka storm rises to 13, Ukrainian national among the dead

Death toll in Sri Lanka from floods and landslides in the aftermath of the Cyclone ‘Ockhi’ has risen to 13 the Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported.

The deaths are reported from Bandarawela, Hikkaduwa, Ambalangoda, Kosgoda, Kamburupitiya, Meetiyagoda and Madolsima. Death toll is expected to rise as more people are missing.

A Ukrainian national is among the dead in the floods in the South, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has confirmed.

According to the latest DMC report, 61 people have been injured 106,076 people of 31,165 families have been affected by the floods.

Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warning at yellow level for Ratnapura, Galle, Badulla, Hambantota, Kalutara and Matara districts since the rainfall within the past 24 hours in these areas has exceeded 75mm. The NBRO advised the residents to be watchful if the rain continues for the possibility of landslides, slope failures, rock falls, cutting failures and ground subsidence.

The NBRO officers meanwhile inspected the Idalagashinna and Bowa estate areas in the Welimada Divisional Secretariat area and on their advice, officials have taken measures to evacuate 380 people of 82 families to safe places. The DMC has provided relief to the evacuated residents.

The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka said the cyclone Ockhi in the Arabian Sea is now located at about 850 km to the west of the island and moving further away from the island. Hence its effect for the country is expected to be lessen gradually.

However, AccuWeather forecast said yesterday that a second brewing tropical threat will combine with Ockhi will threaten parts of India and Sri Lanka with flooding and mudslides into next week.

The Meteorology Department showers or thundershowers will occur in the most parts of the island in the afternoon today. Fairly strong gusty winds (up to 50kmph) can be expected in the Ratnapura, Kalutara and Galle districts while fairly heavy falls (between 50-75mm) can be expected at some places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces.

 

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