Over 70 houses damaged in Batti

Strong winds lashed through Batticaloa last evening damaging at least 73 houses, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.

Of the houses damaged some 20 houses were completely destroyed by the winds displacing several people.

The DMC said that around 100 people were displaced by the incident and one child sustained injuries and was admitted to hospital.

Temporary shelters have been erected for the displaced families in the area and dry rations have also been provided.

Efforts are underway to repair the damaged houses, the DMC said.