Death toll goes up to 193 and 94 reported missing

The death toll from the floods and landslides has increased to 193 and 94 others are reported missing, Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

He said that foreign assistance is continuing to flow in with India, China and Pakistan among the countries sending ship loads of humanitarian aid.

The Health Minister also said that while there was no spread of disease so far, diarrhea and skin diseases are expected later.

However the Minister said Health officials have been deployed to the affected areas and steps will be taken to counter the spread of any disease following the floods.

Meanwhile the World Health Organisation (WHO) is liaising closely with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health and is assisting the government to provide critical healthcare services for the survivors keeping the healthcare institution network operational.

The main areas for support are medical team deployment, strengthening surveillance of communicable diseases, provision of mental health and psychosocial support for survivors and support health promotion in camps with the objective of preventing any outbreaks.

The WHO is seeking assistance from the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund to provide assistance to the government. (Colombo Gazette)