COLOMBO: The death toll from Sri Lanka’s worst floods since 2003 Sunday rose to 126, as security forces and rescuers stepped up search and rescue operations after weather condition improved and floodwaters receded.
Around 4,23,068 people belonging to 1,09,773 families were affected in 15 districts due to the flood situation, the Disaster Management Centre said on Sunday.
According to the Centre, 126 people were killed and 97 remained missing while 1,00,924 people belonging to 24,374 families were shifted to 304 safe locations.
“Although the heavy rainy condition has reduced temporary, showery conditions are likely to enhance again over south-western part of the island from 29th May 2017,” the Meteorological Department said.
Hence windy condition is expected to continue over the sea areas. These winds can be strengthened during the showers, it said.
The fishing community in the country have been alerted about the condition.
Sri Lanka’s tri-forces personnel including more than 1,000 Army troops were engaged in the rescue and relief operations.