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Rains, floods affect nearly 402,000 persons

More than 401,980 persons or 110,204 families, have been affected by the heavy rains and floods in seven provinces.

Forty deaths have been recorded, while seven persons have gone missing.

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported 4,191 houses had been destroyed and 21,705 damaged, while 39,191 persons, or 11,302 families, were accommodated in 242 evacuation centres.

The situation has returned to normal in the Galle and Hambantota districts, while in the Central Province, where 13 deaths were reported and seven missing, 9,114 persons have been affected with 1,570 persons from 476 families being sheltered in 22 evacuation centres in Matale (1,310) Kandy (208) and Nuwara-Eliya (52).

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Flood-hit rises to over 275,900

  • Deaths : 34
  • Injured : 22
  • Missing : 09

Floods have affected 275,982 persons belonging to 75,234 families up to date, a spokesman for the Disaster Management Centre said yesterday.
The spokesman said 34 persons have died following floods and landslides while nine are reported missing.

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Ampara to get Seismic Monitoring Unit

Following the series of minor tremors experienced in the Ampara District last week, the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) has decided to set up new Seismic Monitoring Unit in the District on Wednesday.

GSMB Chairman Dr. N. P. Wijayananda said that at currently there were three earth tremor monitoring stations and they were at Pallekele, Hakmana and Mahakanadarawa.
"There were five minor tremors recorded in our three centres on the 2.3 Richter scale up to Saturday," he said.
Dr. Wijayananda said that equipments for the new unit in Ampara would be dispatched today (03).

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13A : UNP agreeable to ‘practical’ amendments

The UNP was opposed to the abolition of the 13th Amendment, but if the government wanted to make any changes, it should ensure a proper alternative to the Provincial Councils system, the UNP said yesterday.

As the 13th Amendment was rushed through parliament, following the 1987 Indo–Lanka Accord, certain shortcomings had crept in and they needed to be rectified. But, the Amendment as a whole should not be repealed, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a news conference in Colombo.

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