Hundreds affected in the east

Heavy rain and flash floods have affected and displaced hundreds of people in the east yesterday, the police and area officials said.

The police media unit said today that nearly 500 people had been displaced from their homes in Akaraipattu as a result of the floods.

According to the police, 140 families had been transferred to a school after their homes were flooded in Adalachenai, Akaraipattu.

The displaced people have been provided with dry rations and coked meals.

The police also said that some 40 boats which went out to sea were forced to return owing to rough seas.

Heavy rain continued to lash Batticalao and Amapara last night resulting in more displacements.

Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said that there will be showers at times in the Eastern, Central, Uva and North-Central provinces and in the Hambantota district today.

The Department also said that thundershowers will develop at several places in the Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces during the afternoon and evening today.

It also said that monsoonal winds may strengthen (up to 60 km/hr) from time to time over the country and surrounding sea areas. (Colombo Gazette)