144 missing in Aranayake landslide; flooding death toll climbs to 58
Posted on May 20th, 2016

The death toll in torrential rains in Sri Lanka rose to 58 on Thursday as search and rescue operations for survivors continued, especially in the central region that was hit by landslides leaving more than hundred missing.

ආපදා තත්ත්වය හේතුවෙන් ‍රටේ මේවන විට මරණ 58ක් වාර්තාවී ඇති බවත්,හාරලක්ෂ විසි දහස් අනූ හතක් අවතැන්ව ඇති බවත් ආපදා කළමනාකරණ මධ්‍යස්ථානය පවසයි.

One Response to “144 missing in Aranayake landslide; flooding death toll climbs to 58”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ranil HAS FUNDS to give Rs 10,000/mth raise to each public servant and to PROSECUTE & PERSECUTE the Rajapaksa Family, but NO MONEY AT ALL for Flood Disaster Victims!


    It is not only the Flood Disaster that OVERWHELMS Ranil; Running the National Economy does too: HENCE THE BANKRUPTCY! Kavuda mey BOORUWAWA Agamathi Durayata Pathkeley? Thawath BOORUWEK!

    He has MONEY for his HONEYS, but NONE for the FLOOD VICTIMS! HELPLESS MAN!
    Helpless PM expects worst; inefficient officials overwhelmed
    Fri, May 20, 2016, 06:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    May 20 (HKS) Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister of cash-strapped Sri Lanka, has appealed for cooperation to help hundreds of thousands of families desperately seeking relief following the destruction and deaths caused severe downpours, flooding and mudslides past week.

    Victims say an inefficient government and its unprepared officials have been unable to respond in time, despite advance warnings from met officials of the seasonal rains.
    The premier admitted to the news media in Colombo on Thursday the floods are unprecedented and that the worst is to come. He told local media more landslides are expected.
    Sri Lanka does not have a formal search and rescue mechanism, or an adequately-funded relief system. The island is heavily burdened by foreign and domestic debt and its credit rating has been downgraded by ratings agencies.
    Overwhelmed and unprepared government disaster management officials say
    414,627 people belonging to 98,076 families have been badly affected. Sixteen people are missing.
    Some 61,381 families have been moved to 594 camps.
    Premier Wickremesinghe said security forces and the police would be deployed to flood hit areas to protect the belongings of the displaced and those that have been evacuated.

    Read More:: HKS (Source)

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