Death toll rises to 23, all schools in Gampaha closed

The death toll from the adverse weather rose to 23 today with over 160,000 people affected, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry said that all schools in the Gampaha Education Zone will be closed tomorrow (Monday) due to flooding.

The DMC said that all major reservoirs were at normal level however, some of reservoir gates were opened to release water flowing from other areas.

Landslide warning were also issued for Ratnapura, Kalutara, Kegalle and Nuwara-Eliya.

The DMC said that the South-west monsoon had gradually establishing over the Bay of Bengal but there was air circulation in the vicinity of the south-west of the Indian sea area and wind speeds could increase time to time.

Officials also said that there could be a need to clean drinking water wells over the next few days in the affected areas as most water sources were contaminated.

As a result of heavy rains, 166,228 people from 43,604 families have been affected as at 1200 hours today (Sunday).

People in flood risk areas have been evacuated to safe locations and at present approximately 19,519 families have been
evacuated into 339 welfare centres due to floods and landslide risks in eight districts. (Colombo Gazette)