COLOMBO – At least 100 people have died and another 99 are missing due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in the southern and southwestern parts of Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre said on Saturday.
Around 12,000 people have been evacuated from areas at risk of floods that have already affected another 200,382 people in 14 districts, the center said in its latest report.
“Water level of Kalaniya River is still rising, so evacuations are still taking place,” DMC spokesperson Predeep Kodippili told EFE.
Heavy rainfall during the last two days has caused water levels of the Kalu, Kelani, Gin, Nilwala, and Attanagalu rivers to rise and cause flooding.
Seven districts have been severely affected, the worst of which is the coastal Kalutara, where 38 people have died and 80 people are missing.
The first vessel with humanitarian aid from India arrived in Colombo on Saturday.
The country’s meteorology department has forecast more rain in the coming days due to the arrival of the monsoon, which normally brings with it heavy rainfall.
In May 2016, torrential rains in Sri Lanka owing to an atmospheric depression over the Bay of Bengal left close to a 100 people dead and 300,000 displaced.