Sunday, 27 November 2011

Wild weather kills 20 in coastal districts of Sri Lanka

Latest update:  Tuesday 29 November 2011.

Death toll due to bad weather in the south of Sri Lanka has risen to 22 while several missing persons returned bringing down number of missing persons to 19, the Disaster Management Centre said. 66,760 people have been displaced according to report from DMC in the Daily News.
Reports from SLRCS in Matara and Galle show they are doing great job helping affected people clean up damage and debris, first aid and distribution of relief items. See SLRCS website or make donation:

Monday 28 November.
The death toll due to heavy rains accompanied by stormy winds in Sri Lanka’s southern coastal areas rose to 20.

Heavy rains and stormy winds that affected several districts in Sri Lanka have affected more than 60,000 people while displacing over 6000 persons.

Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteers helping residents clear fallen trees from their homes in Matara. Photo: SLRCS

The Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that 66286 people of 16837 families have been affected, the death toll rose to 20 with 43 persons still reported missing. Most of the missing persons are reported to be fishermen who went on fishing on the fateful day.

The Sri Lanka Red Cross branches in Matara and Galle, the worst affected districts, swung into action immediately assisting with search and rescue, first aid, remving trees and debris and relief supplies. This morning I spoke to the Acting President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Baratha Jonikkuhewa who is also Chairman of the Matara Branch. "The winds were terrifying and caused a huge amount of damage in Matara district" he said. " We mobilised our volunteers quickly and were able to provide immediate relief to people who lost everything," he said.

Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteers clearing trees and debris brought down by the storm in Matara. Photo: SLRCS

The DMC also said 737 houses have been fully damaged while 6400 partially. 6400 persons who were displaced due to bad weather especially in the southern Matara and Galle districts have been housed in seven temporary camps.

Meanwhile the Department of Irrigation said that 10 main tanks (articial lakes) in several districts are overflowing.

Village relief and coordination centres have been set up in the worst affected villages. Photo: SLRCS.
The Met Department forecasts the rainy weather will continue at least for another week.

We are expecting full reports and photos from Matara and Galkle branches this afternoon.

Bob McKerrow


Dr. Ernest Albert said...

well such 'small hiccups' by mother nature keep reminding this 'man', that enough is enough,
but seeker and plunderer that he has become NOW,he ignores these hiccups and has disaster management thing up his sleev,
money and effort that needs to go in for long term measures like reducing the carbon and other prints are going nowhere and am told that till 2025 this is going to go on like this with no possible reductions,
by then may all will be too late...thnx Bob,

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