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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 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.


The President says certain bankrupt political elements are carrying out malicious campaign against the motherland with the aim of regaining power.

President Maithripala Sirisena alleges that certain bankrupt political elements are carrying out malicious campaign against the motherland with the aim of regaining power. However, the people of Sri Lanka will not fall prey to this malicious campaign. President Sirisena also requested the Sri Lankans living abroad to join hands to develop the country. President made these remarks at a meeting with Sri Lankan diaspora held at Canberra yesterday.


Many areas in the island face disaster situation due to prevailing inclement weather condition. – Transport on main roads interrupted.

The Disaster Management Centre has cautioned the general public on minor flood alert in various places in the island. Due to heavy rainfall experienced in many parts of the island, the people living in around Kelani Ganga, are cautioned about possible flood situation. Kolonnawa, Biyagama, Kelaniya, Kaduwela, Dompe, Hanwella, Padukka and Awissawella divisional areas are also coming under this minor flood alert. The people living on both sides of Kalu Ganga, Kelani Ganga, Gin Ganga and Walawe Ganga are cautioned and requested to be vigilant about the rising water levels of the rivers.


President meets the Australian Prime Minister today.

Today is the second day of the President's official visit in Australia.  The bilateral meetings with the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and Ministers are scheduled for today.
Meanwhile, The President visited ANU-CSIRO Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics yesterday. The President was received by the Director – High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre, Dr.Xavier Sirault when he arrived at the venue. The ANU-CSIRO Centre  combines the strengths of two of Australia’s best research institutions and aims to make discoveries in plant biological science. The President also paid a visit to the Mount Majura solar farm, in Canberra.  Over 8,000 solar panels installed in the farm  supplying 
2.3 megawatt energy to the national power grid. This solar farm is a source of clean and low-cost energy to the Australian electricity grid. President Sirisena discussed with the executive members of the Mount Majura Solar Farm about the possibility of setting up such solar power plants in Sri Lanka. The President also visited the Sri Lankan Buddhist temple in Kambah and he also met with Sri Lankan community in Canberra.a

The Health Minister stresses that international support is essential to control non-communicable diseases.

Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne says that that international support is essential to control non-communicable diseases. Addressing the 70th session of the world Health Organization Geneva the Minister said all governments in the world should work collectively to promote health of the world population.


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