Sri Lanka's Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka has issued an order to immediately remove all unauthorized structures erected along the canals in Colombo and suburbs blocking water drainage.
Tri-Service personnel have been deployed to provide immediate relief to those affected by the inclement weather experienced during the past few days.The Army has deployed around 125 personnel and around 20 boats for rescue operations in the Ratnapura and Southern parts of the country.
Due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions, 1,024 persons have been displaced while a total of 13,314 have been affected, stated the Disaster Management Center (DMC). According to the DMC, 7 deaths have been confirmed so far due to the current weather condition.
Army Spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Atapattu stated that army troops are prepared if the incessant rains escalates in to a disaster situation. According to him two platoons from the Security Force Headquarters West (SFHQ- West) are ready to be dispatched
Six road accidents have been reported by this evening on expressways, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. Four accidents on Southern Expressway and another two on Katunayake Expressway have been reported, according to Gunasekara.
The vehicular movement along the Avissawella-Kegalle Main Road has been hampered due to the overflowing of the Seethawaka River at Thalduwa, Police said.They requested motorists to use alternative routes.Meanwhile, the educational authorities have taken a decision to close down schools i Monsoon wreaks havoc: Claims four live, six missing
Meanwhile ,the South West monsoon has wreaked havoc in many parts of the country already claiming four lives while six remain missing, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said. According to the data put out by the DMC three people have died as a result of lightning that had accompanied heavy rains. Two persons have died in Trincomalee, and one in Ridimaliyadda in the Badulla district as a result of lightning. A school teacher had died in Badalkumbura in the Moneragala District when a tree which had got uprooted fell on her. Heavy winds have been reported from the Moneragala District. A mini-landslide in Marikkar Street in Kalutara District has damaged two houses, one house has been damaged in Beruwala. The 150-year-old tunnel which connects Kandy to Aniwatte has become vulnerable with the adverse weather conditions. The authorities have closed the tunnel. The residents say they are inconvenienced by this move.
The central province has received a rainfall of more than 100mm during the past days. Colombo has also experienced a rainfall of 100mm. Heavy rain, strong winds were predicted in both inland and sea areas in the coming days due to the South West monsoon which is said to be breaking in. Heavy showers which may exceed 150mm was predicted in the Sabaragamuwa province while showers of more than 100 mm were predicted elsewhere. Fishing and naval communities were advised to keep away from the sea.
Eighteen suspected H1N1 patients were reported from the Hambantota District upto May 19, Health Services District Director Dr. A.P.R.S. Chandrasena said. Among them,12 patients were reported from the Hambantota base hospital, five from the Tangalle hospital and one from the Tissamaharama hospital,” he said.
It is yet uncertain whether an unidentified virus had caused deaths at the children’s section at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle, Karapitiya Hospital Director Dr. Jayampathi Senanayake said.However, unofficial reports state that 13 children had died after being infected with the unidentified virus.