Sri Lanka floods leave over 135,000 homeless


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May 17, 2016 (LBO) – At least eight people were killed and over 207,000 people were affected due to adverse weather in Sri Lanka where more than 135,000 people have been driven out of their homes by floods, officials said Tuesday.

Over 47,000 families were affected in the island with Western Province has been reported as the worst affecting area with over 178,000 people affected by flooding, Disaster Management Center said.

The Met Department said the low pressure area has moved away from the island and rainy conditions over the island will gradually reduce during next few days as the system is further moving away from the island.

However, strong windy conditions, particularly in the sea areas around the island will continue further.

The Met Department said Showers or thunder showers will occur at times in the Northern, North-central, North-Western, Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts.

Meanwhile Road Development Authority said it has allowed toll-free travel between Kottawa and Kadawata on the Southern Expressway due to adverse weather.

The department further stated that the Kaduwela interchange of the Expressway has closed due to flooding of Low-level road.

The Main Control room of Sri Lanka Railways said few train services along Northern Railway cancelled due to the inclement weather.

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