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UPDATE: Death toll from inclement weather exceeds 90

(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – UPDATE: The death toll from the inclement weather rose beyond 90, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

In its situation report, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said a total of 7,856 individuals (2,811 families) were affected in the Sabaragamuwa, Western and Southern Provinces due to the torrential rains.

“A total of 42 people are missing while two people were injured. The number of deaths in Ratnapura District is recorded as 10 and it’s nine in Kalutara due to floods and landslides,” it said.

According to the report, Galle District was the most affected by the floods leaving 7,157 people affected.

Meanwhile, the DMC requested the people to be vigilant on rising water levels and requested the public to call 011-2136136, 011-2670002 and 117 for emergencies.

The DMC also advised the public to evacuate from unstable slopes to minimize disasters due to landslides, rock falls and cut slope failures in Kegalle, Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Hambantota districts, if the showers continue for the next 24 hours.

“People of Bulathkohupitiya, Deraniyagala, Yatiyantota, Dehiowita, Baddegama,Yakkalamulla, Neluwa, Thawalama, Bulathsinhala, Agalawatta, walallawita, Baduraliya, Kotapola, Pasgoda, Pitabeddara, Mulatiyana, Walasmulla and Katuwana areas are advised to evacuate,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department said that rain and windy condition is expected to continue over the South-Western part of the country due to South-Western monsoon.

“Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces. Heavy falls (about 150 mm) can be expected at some places,” it said.

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