Threat of water-borne diseases loom as flood toll touches 40

Last Updated: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 20:47

Colombo: The threat of water-borne
diseases loomed for the thousands of people housed in
temporary relief camps, even as the water levels receded from
the devastating flooding in Sri Lanka that has killed at least
40 people in last several days.

The total number of people killed rose to 40 while 4
others were still unaccounted for, according to the Sri
Lanka`s Disaster Management Centre.

Health authorities cautioned the public on water borne
diseases in flood-hit areas.

Thousands of people have begun returning home after
flood waters receded while more than 50,000 people still
remain at 137 camps, the DRC said today in its daily situation
update.

More than 27,000 houses were damaged or partially
damaged during the flood, forcing the victims to stay in
camps, officials said.

Amid warnings of water borne diseases in the flood-hit
areas, health ministry officials said so far there was no
reported cases of spread of such disease.

Meanwhile at least three government officials were
assaulted when a group of flood victims stormed a divisional
secretariat building in the eastern part of the country,
including the Batticaloa district, alleging misappropriation
of flood relief supplies.

Once the battle field of the Sri Lankan war, the
eastern province was the worst affected during the floods
that affected more than a million people.

A large number of those displaced were those who had
only recently been resettled after decades of ethnic conflict
between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces.

Sri Lankan officials earlier said the damage caused to
the infrastructure and facilities was only second to the
tsunami catastrophe in 2004 which claimed more than 30,000
lives.

India responded quickly to Sri Lanka`s call for
assistance by sending a consignment of relief supply by an
special air craft.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 20:47

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