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Six dead, hundreds stranded due to heavy rains; more showers expected

Showers or thundershowers will occur in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and Galle, Matara, Jaffna, Mannar and Puttalam districts, the Met Department said

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reports that six people died in intemperate weather yesterday, with 12 reported injured across the island.

The DMC noted in its situation report that 5,577 families are affected by the heavy rain, with 21,335 individuals affected
in the Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle, Rathnapura, Badulla, Kurunegala and Puttalam districts.

Meanwhile, 587 residences have sustain partial damages while 25 houses have been completely destroyed in the subsequent flooding.

The DMC went on to report that 331 individuals and 1,245 families have been relocated to nine separate locations deemed safe.

The DMC further noted that the water level of Aththanagalu Oya has reached the minor flood level posing a risk of minor flood in the Dunmale area.

Residents in Millakanda area must also be vigilant since the water level of the Kalu river has reached the alert level, the DMC said.

The Department of Meteorology, meanwhile, said showers or thundershowers will occur in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and Galle, Matara, Jaffna, Mannar and Puttalam districts today (22).

Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere after 1 pm.

Fairly heavy falls about 75mm can be expected at some places in the Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and in the Puttalam district, the Met Department added.