S Lanka: 2 dead as heavy rains, winds create havoc
Colombo: High speed winds and persistent rains created havoc in Sri Lanka as two people died and over 50,000 were left marooned on an island as a cyclone made a landfall on neighbouring India.
Disaster management officials said the two deaths were caused after earth mounds fell on houses.
"Over 50,000 people have been affected with two deaths. Some 4600 people are in relief camps numbering 26," Pradeep Kodippily, a deputy director of the disaster management centre said.
Southern districts of Matara and Galle were badly affected with many roads going under water, Kodippily said.
Officials said due to heavy rains, as many as 50,000 people were marooned on an island.
In the northern Mullaithivu district a large number of people were displaced.
The bad weather condition is expected to continue, officials said.
Sri Lanka had evacuated the northern areas early this week as it braced for the impact of Cyclone Nilam. However, the cyclone turned course towards India and thousands of people who had moved to safer areas were returning.