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The President advises the officials to provide relief for the victims irrespective of circulars and regulations.


President Maithripala Sirisena says a programme to construct houses damaged due to sudden disaster situation will be implemented in the future. President Maithripala Sirisena says that, a proper programme will be formulated at national and district levels to face the disaster situation.


The SLBC initiates "Sathjana Sammadama" programme to provide assistance to the flood and landslides victims.


The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has implemented a "Sathjana Sammadama" programme to provide assistance to the victims affected by flood and landslides due to torrential rains.  The people can handover milk powder, rice, drinking water, and medicines to the main office of the SLBC.

The Ministry of Plantations will provide compensation for the tea lands and factories damaged due to flood and landslides.


Minister Naveen Dissanayaka says speedy measures will be taken to provide compensation for the tea lands and factories damaged due to flood and landslides.  Information is being receiving regarding the severe damages to the tea plantation and the tea factories.  At a press briefing held today, paying compensation will commence next week after gathering correct information in this regard. Investigations will be conducted through Divisional Secretariat officials as soon as the bad weather pattern returns to  better.

The government informs the general public residing close to overflowing rivers to evacuate from their places and move towards safer places.

The Disaster Management Centre says, more than 20,000 families of 69 divisional secretariat areas in 14 districts have been affected due to inclement weather. 28 deaths have been reported so far and 69 are reported missing. The deputy minister disaster management Dunesh Gankanda revealed these information at a media conference held in Colombo today. Speaking at this conference he further said, few more people have sustained injuries due to this situation.

The government has taken effective measures to provide relief assistance to the people affected by the flood situation. The affected people have been relocated to safer places. Speaking at this conference minister Duminda Dissanayake said, necessary instructions have been given to district secretaries and divisional secretaries under the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Minister Duminda Dissanayake also said, a joint coordinated operation is being carried out to provide relief to the affected people. Necessary funds have been allocated for this purpose. The joint operation carried out by all government sectors so far provided the necessary support to rescue the affected people from the flood and relocate them at safer places.
Joining this conference Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana said, the government has taken effective measures to rescue all individuals affected due to flood situation. He further noted a massive humanitarian is being carried out to provide immediate relief to the affected people and the people stationed in temporary shelters.
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The disaster management centre requests the people living in close proximity of over flowing rivers to evacuate immediately and move to a safer place as soon as possible. The government information department is functioning 24 hours round the clock to provide necessary information with regard to prevailing weather condition to the general public.

The director general of Met Department S.R.Jayasekera said, heavy rain fall experienced yesterday has shown signs of decreasing.

However there will be more rain during the night hours. Heavy rains can be expected again on the 29th and 30th of this month.

President instructs the relevant officials to provide relief assistance to the affected people.

resident Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant officials to provide all necessary relief assistance to the people affected due to the prevailing inclement weather condition. President Sirisena who is on an official visit to Australia phoned minister Vajira Abeywardhana and presidential secretary P.B.Abeykone and gave relevant instructions. President also instructed the Treasury officials to release necessary funds immediately for this purpose.
President extends his condolence to the family members of the flood victims.
President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to return to the island today from Australia.

The Prime Minister instructs tri forces and police to take all necessary steps in helping flood affected people.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe orders tri forces to take appropriate steps immediately for the supply of relief and to meet other requirements people affected by floods and torrential rains. Minister Lakshman Kiriella said in parliament today the ministry of Disaster Management has made all arrangements for the provision of relief.


The rivers of Kalu, Kelani, Gin, Walawe and Nilwala are over flowing. The people on the either sides of the rivers are advised to be cautious.

The tri forces and police have come forward to carryout relief operations for the people victimized by the torrential rains and floods. A large number of regions have inundated and reaching them has become impossible. Brigadier Military spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathne the military spokesman said that, 13 navy boats and armored cars have been provided for relief operations.


Six districts have been issued with landslide warnings.

The National Building Research Organization has issued landslide warnings to six districts. Director of the NBRO Mr.R.M.S.Bandara says more landslides will occur in Kegalle, Galle , Kalutara ,Matara, Hambanthota and Rathnapura districts if rains continue in the next 24 hours. He request the public to be vigilant on landslides, falling of earth mounds and trees and boulders.


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