Hundreds affected from two days of rain, military deployed to assist

rainHundreds of people have been affected and three people are dead following the two days of heavy rain, the Disaster Management Centre said on Monday.

Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said that over 11,000 people have been affected in several parts of the country.

He said that evacuation centres had been setup at most places and assistance is being provided to those affected.

Kodippili said that the military had been deployed to assist some of the families affected by the rain.

He said that several roads were flooded or forced to be closed owing to landslides or landslide threats following the heavy rain.

The electricity supply was also interrupted in some parts of the country, the power and energy ministry said.

Three people were earlier reported missing following a landslide in Kegalle. The landslide had occurred in the Dehiowita area in Kegalle and the bodies of the victims were later found.

Three passenger flights heading to the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) were diverted to the Mattala airport and Cochin airport in India owing to bad weather. (Colombo Gazette)