Floods kill three in Sri Lanka

May 31st, 2008 - 9:24 pm ICT by admin  

Colombo, May 31 (Xinhua) At least three people have been killed in different parts of Sri Lanka due to floods caused by heavy rain since Friday night, relief officials and the police said Saturday. Heavy rain since Friday night have caused flooding in Sri Lanka’s southern, south-eastern, western and central provinces, officials said.

Keerthi Ekanayake, coordinator of the National Disaster Management Centre, said one person was killed in Neluwa in southern Galle district after a tree fell on him.

Two women were also killed in incidents related to flooding and landslides in Warakapola area in south-eastern Kegalle district and southern Kalutara district, respectively, the police said.

The sluice gates in the Kukule river in Kalutara district near Colombo were opened, as the water level rose alarmingly due to continuous rain, police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekere said.

People living in the low lying areas near the Kelani river in the Western province have been alerted of floods.

The Meteorological Department said the rainy condition was created by a depression in the Bay of Bengal and should ease off later Saturday leading to a clear day Sunday.

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