Six killed, 69,659 people displaced

The Disaster Management Center said that six people have been killed and 69,659 others displaced following the heavy rain and strong winds as of today.

A DMC spokesman said that several roads in and around Colombo were also blocked by floods and uprooted trees while train services were also affected.

Director of the center Pradeep Kodipilli said that the displaced people were housed in temporary shelters.

He said that 1841 people were displaced in Mullaitivu and 1728 in Jaffna.

Meanwhile 49 houses were fully damaged around the island and another 2907 partially damaged. Water levels in several reservoirs in the country had also overflowed after days of heavy rain.

The Disaster Management Center said that four people were killed in Kalutara while 1 death each was reported from Jaffna and other parts of the country.

A part of the southern expressway was also closed today as the exit was flooded.

Cyclone ‘Nilam’ had struck Sri Lanka this week but it began to gradually move towards southern India today.

Report by Easwaran Rutnam