As the rain holds up, the disaster situation prevailed in the island is gradually diminishing. There was no significant rain fall reported from the areas which were affected by floods & landslides. As the access to affected areas has become easier and people are being provided with relief with support of relief agencies, government institutions, forces and police. However, some areas are still under water and people are stranded due the slowness of falling of the flood water levels.
The report issued by the DMC at 1600 hrs this afternoon confirmed that the water levels of Kalu, Kelani, Gin, Nilwala, Attanagalu Oya rivers are going down and no major flooding reported during the past 24 hours. As per the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) 15 districts still listed as affected due the floods & strong winds. Galle, Matara, Kalutara & Ratnapura, are still experiencing flood waters but gradually reducing. Further, the NBRO has improved their alert to a RED alert warning in Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Matara, Kalutara, Hambantota & Nuwara Eliya districts of possible landslides, rock falls, cut slope failures and subsidence.
DMC report issued on 29th May at 1200hrs confirms the number of people affected by the floods & landslides has increased up to 588,082 in 153,303 families. Death toll has also gone up to 180 leaving 109 persons missing. The number of injured has also been recorded as 109 in their report. Over 74,000 people in 18,000 families are still located in 366 temporary safe locations established in the affected areas.
In the Rathnapura district the Rathnapura Branch has established 05 First Aid Posts in Eheliyagoda area. Volunteer support is currently in place for distributions of relief items & food in areas affected by the floods. The volunteers also distributed NFRI kits to the affected people. Volunteers are currently deployed with 38 ferries in Dambuluwana Raddella, Ketepola, Galathura & Pahala Galathura flood effected areas for safe transportation of people and other goods.
In Galle relief distribution took place for 110 families in Mawita, Neluwa area. Along side the distribution a well cleaning activity began in the area to ensure that people have proper safe drinking water. Meanwhile our volunteers also took sometime to engage with children who were affected by floods. They sang songs, told stories and played games.
In Matara 04 First Aid camps have been established in Uyanwatta Primary School, Matara Maha Vidayalaya & Matara Rahula Vidyalaya coordinating relief activities with government officials. Branch volunteers engaged in rescue operations & transportation services in Palatuwa,
In Kalutara volunteers held a first aid camp in Ukwatta in Dodangoda area which was one of the hardest hit areas. In the same area distribution of NFRI also took place.
Gampaha branch is currently actively engaged in Biayagama area as follows; 744 were benefitted by the Search & Rescue and transportation in Biyagama area 205 were benefitted from Medical Assistance provided by the Branch
In Colombo, the Colombo Branch held a first aid post and a distribution of NFRI at Padukka & Kolonnawa.
A change in the prevailing weather is expected with the movement of the depression away from Sri Lanka. If change occurs, showers will occur at times in the south western parts (Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces) of the island on 29th & 30th May. Strong Winds about 80 kmph can also be expected over the country according to the report of the Meteorology Department issued at 1200hrs on 29th May 2017.
As per the report, Sri Lanka further could experience cloudy skies under the influence of the ‘MORA’ cyclone. Further, the Department informs public to be on alert for high winds in the western slopes of the central hills and surrounding sea areas.