By Srian Obeyesekere
Public life continued to be disrupted with the
number of families displaced in the Ratnapura
district rising to 18,558 by yesterday morning from
lashing heavy rains in the past four days while
there were four deaths in the last 24 hours,
according to the Disaster Management Centre.
Of the four deaths one was by lightning, two by
drowning due to overflowing waters and one by
natural causes, the Media spokesman and Assistant
Director of the Disaster Management Centre, Pradeep
Kodippily told The Nation yesterday.
The heavy downpour that inundated several suburban
areas mainly in Ratnapura, Kalutara and Galle also
caused six minor earth slips.
He said that the displaced had been housed in a camp
in Ratnapura while immediate relief measures had
been provided to them including food and basic
necessities on the directions of the Ministry of
Areas such as Talwalama, Nelluwa had been completely
inundated by the continuing rains.
Meanwile, the Meteorological Department forecast
showers in several places in the Western and
Sabaragamuwa provinces and the Galle and Matara
Districts in the next 24 hours. Showers would also
develop at several places elsewhere during the
afternoon and evening during the next 24 hours,
according to a Met Department spokesman.
He said that there will be showers and thunder
showers at times in the Eastern sea area and a few
showers in other sea areas around the island. There
will also be winds from the South Westerly direction
at 20 to 40 kmph while the Southern and South
Eastern sea will be fairly rough.
Meanwhile, there had been no road casualties from
motor mishaps caused by the rains in the past 24
hours according to a spokesman for the Ceylon
He however, said that by roads in Ratnapura, Galle,
Nelluwa, Hindiduma and Udugama had been water logged
thereby crippling public activity.