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Thousands marooned in eastern Sri Lanka floods

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COLOMBO, Dec 11, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Thousands of people in eastern Sri Lanka have been marooned by flash floods which also left several roadways impassable, relief officials said here Friday.

Pradeep Kodippily, the national co-ordinator of the Disaster Managament Center told reporters that 28,640 families in the Batticaloa and Ampara districts had been affected.

The two districts have suffered continuous torrential rains since Wednesday with over 100 milimeters of rains having been recorded in Ampara.

The weather department has issued warnings of frequent rains in the Eastern Province due to low pressure forming eastwards.