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Rains displace 18,558 families

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 Disaster Management.
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 Automobile Association.
He however, said that by roads in Ratnapura, Galle, Nelluwa, Hindiduma and Udugama had been water logged thereby crippling public activity.