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Weather death toll reaches 17

2014 Dec 27

The death toll from the severe weather reached 17 today with 15 injured and 12 people still missing, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.

DMC spokesman Sarath Lal Kumara said that over 900,000 people have been affected by the poor weather in several districts.

Sarath Lal Kumara said that over 17,200 houses were either fully or partially damaged as a result of the heavy rain, floods and landslides over the past few days.

Meanwhile the death toll from the landslide in Rilpola, Badulla had reached nine by last night, Sarath Lal Kumara said.

Several houses were buried after the landslide.

The Department of Meteorology, meanwhile, said that the low pressure area has intensified into a depression again and is located about 400 km east to Hambantota. It is expected to move northwards affecting the weather over Sri Lanka and the surrounding sea area.

Showers will occur over most parts of the country, particularly in the Eastern, Uva, Central, Northern and North central provinces and in the Hambantota district.

Heavy falls (more than 100 mm) are also likely at some places. Strong winds (up to 60-80 Km/hr) can be expected at times over the island and over the sea areas around the island. (Colombo Gazette)

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