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Heavy rains cause havoc with floods, landslides, claim 23 lives

(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – Heavy rains lashing for a third day on Friday with over 100 mm rainfalls and gusting winds have flooded major roads interrupting the transport services on main roads in the south while landslides and earth slips in Kalutara district have buried houses and shops.

According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC) 23 people have died and over a million people have been affected due to the island wide inclement weather.

Pimbura Hospital in Bulathsinhala has confirmed that 9 dead bodies have been brought to the hospital from a landslide in Bogahawatta in Bulathsinhala of Kalutara district.

Kalutara District Secretary said 10 people have died due to a landslide. Several roads in Bulathsinhala, Padukka, Seethawka, Agalawatta, and Badureliya are inundated and relief efforts are hampered by the flooded roads.

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