Lanka floods death toll exceeds 200

Lanka floods death toll exceeds 200

Colombo: The death toll in Sri Lanka’s floods has climbed to 202 with 94 people still missing in the country’s worst torrential rains since 2003 that displaced nearly half a million people.
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said at least 629,742 people of 163,701 families have been affected by the bad weather.
The DMC said 1,505 houses had been fully damaged while 7,617 houses were partially damaged due to the floods and landslides. Around DMC 77, 432 people have been displaced.
“There was a good news on the receding water levels in rivers during the past 24 hours due to the low rainfall that ended at 3.30 pm,” the Irrigation Department said.
Director (Hydrology) P Hettiarachchi said the water levels in the Kalu Ganga and the Gin Ganga was decreasing.
Indian naval divers and medical teams have joined rescue efforts in Lanka’s flood-hit regions. PTI