Heavy floods in Northern districts of Sri Lanka displace thousands, reservoirs overflow
Thousands of people have been displaced as a result of torrential rains in Northern districts of Kilinochchi, Mannar and Mullaitivu, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported.
According to the latest report released by the Disaster Management Center, 5,775 persons of 1,829 families have been moved to 40 disaster camps in the three districts of the Northern Province while 9,161 people from 2,788 families have been affected by the floods.
The travel on A-9 main highway linking south to north has been disrupted as the levee of Mankulam reservoir in Kilinochchi breached due to the heavy rain the area received last night.
Mankulam area in Kilinochchi has received 365 mm rainfall last night, according to the Meteorology Department. Many areas Anandapuram, Iruththipuram, Ponnagar and Piramandan Aru in the Kilinochchi district have been flooded due to the heavy rains.
Meanwhile, the Iranamadu reservoir is over spilling and all sluice gates are opened flooding low-lying areas. A number of places in the A-9 road have been inundated due to the spill of the reservoir. Police have advised the motorists to be vigilant of floods.
Security forces have launched operations to rescue the people stranded by the flooding from the Mankulam levee breach and take them to safety. The tourists visiting Jaffna via the A-9 route are advised to exercise caution.
About 4,400 people have been displaced in Oddusudan, Puthukkudiyiruppu, Thunnukal, Maritimepattu, and Manthal East inMullaitivu district have been displaced due to flash floods. Many areas have lost power and road have been inundated hindering transport.
A number of Army and Navy teams have been deployed to rescue the displaced. Naval personnel have been deployed in the area with several naval craft. Army teams have been able to take a large number of displaced people to safe locations.
The Ministry of Disaster Management says steps have been taken to provide food, medicine and other essential items to the displaced persons at the shelters.
Wanni district MP, Minister Rishad Bathiudeen called on the authorities of the Northern Province to speed up relief for affected people. Instructions have also been issued to provide dry rations and food to those affected.