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Floods in northern Sri Lanka
Floods in northern Sri Lanka, November 2015. Photo: Sri Lanka Red Cross

Many areas of Sri Lanka have been affected by floods after heavy rainfall on Sunday 15 November 2015. Northern areas of the country have been among the worst hit. Mannar in Northern Province saw over 230 mm of rain in 24 hours.

According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC), one death has been reported in Kilinochchi district, Northern Province, as a result of the floods.

DMC also report that 19,916 people (6,310 families) have been affected by flooding in the districts of Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Killinochchi, Trincomalee, Puttalam and Gampaha. As many 2,600 have been forced from their homes by the flooding. Relief camps have been set up in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Puttalam to house those displaced.

The Sri Lanka government say that the spill gates of 22 of the main reservoirs in the country have been opened, including in Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Hambantota and Kurunegala.

 

 

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