Floods displace over 100,000 in Sri Lank

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COLOMBO – Floods caused by days torrential rains have displaced over 100,000 Sri Lanka while 23 , latest government data said on as relief work continues.

The country’ Disaster Centre (DMC) said 26,688 families, comprising 109,075 , had been affected by the rain, floods and landslides as .

It added that at least 23 were killed and person remains .

“Over 40 houses have been completely destroyed due to heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding six districts, while another 101 homes have been partially damaged.

“Most the deaths and damage have been reported from the Kalutara District Western Province and relief efforts are going on.

“We are providing compensation of 15,000 rupees (about 115 dollars) to people who have lost family members.

“There has been criticism this is not enough but this is all that has been allocated from the Finance Ministry,’’ the Disaster Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera, told reporters.

The Western Provincial Council said 148 schools in Western Province opened after being closed due to adverse weather conditions earlier in the week.

say Mahinda Rajapaksa tweeted on that he had instructed his officials to expedite relief measures to communities affected by the bad weather.

Security and have initiated flood relief measures to rescue people trapped or marooned due to rising water levels and roads being inundated.(Xinhua/NAN)