May 30, 2017

Adverse weather will ease from tomorrow Featured

The adverse weather affecting Sri Lanka will ease from tomorrow (31) as cyclone ‘Mora’ has moved out of the island, towards Bangladesh, says the Met Department.

However, skies will continue to be cloudy today, with rains and strong winds expected.

There will be winds with speeds up to 70 kmph in the western slopes of the central hills and the seas around the country.

Western, Sabaragamuwa, southern, central, Uva, eastern and north western provinces will have showers or thundershowers.

Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organization says the landslide warning issued for Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya has been extended by 24 hours.

Death toll rises to 194

According to the Disaster Management Centre, the death toll from floods and landslides has now risen to 194, with 99 others reported missing.

More than 575,000 people from nearly 150,000 families are affected by the adverse weather.

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President calls for detailed report

At a meeting at his office today, president Maithripala Sirisena ordered a detailed report on the damage caused, and instructed authorities to expedite the rebuilding of the damaged houses.

He said new houses should be built outside landslide prone areas, and never in reservations.