Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Flood Situation Update No.3 - 19 May 2010


19 May 2010 at 1730 hrs

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Since Friday, 14 May 2010, heavy monsoon rains have resulted in flash floods, high?winds, landslides, lightning and thunder storms in 13 districts in Sri Lanka including: Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Matara, Kegalle, Galle, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee, Puttalam, Mannar and Anuradhapura. See attached table breakdown and latest map will be available on

As of Wednesday, 19 May 2010, over 458,783 persons (104,213 families) have been affected by the heavy rains. This includes minor displacement of 9,579 people and 18 deaths. Reports indicate that 172 houses have been destroyed and another 915 damaged. The Government of Sri Lanka is responding to the crisis through local and central levels and the Navy has been deployed with their boat teams to assist with evacuations.

A two day government led Inter?Agency flood assessment mission (WFP, OCHA, Disaster Management Center, Ministry of Economic Development) visited Gampaha District in the North Western Province on 19 May 2010. The assessment team met with the Gampaha District Secretary (Government Agent), Divisional Secretaries of Wattala and Katana (the most affected divisions) and officials in charge of health services in the district. The mission will cover Kalutara District in the South Western Province on 20 May 2010.


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