Colombo: At least seven people have died
and over 30 injured due to earth slips caused by incessant
rains, officials said Saturday.
"Colombo and Kegalla districts are the worst
affected," Pradeep Kodippilly, deputy director of the disaster
management centre said.
> He said the south-western Kegalla district was the
most vulnerable for earth slips - four of the deaths caused in
Gampaha and Kalutara in the western province,
Ratnapura and Galle in the south are the other affected areas.
The central province area of Ginigathena had received
the highest rainfall of over 100 millimetres since yesterday.
> Some 18 homes were partly damaged in the western
province`s Gampaha district due to blustery winds as the south
western monsoons set in with vigor, weather officials said.
Sri Lanka experienced regular spells of bad weather
since the latter part of last year.
In January this year, the UN announced a flash flood
appeal of USD 51 million to help flood victims in Sri Lanka.