Sri Lanka flash floods: Alert issued after three go missing, relief ops underway
At least three people were missing in torrential rains and flash floods that have been lashing Sri Lanka for the last two days
Colombo: At least three people were missing in torrential rains and flash floods that have been lashing Sri Lanka for the last two days, prompting authorities to issue an alert, officials said Monday.
"Three people are reported missing in the Dehiowita area," Disaster Management Centre spokesman Pradeep Kodippily said.
Relief operations are well underway and even the military had been deployed in the hill country areas to provide relief, he said, adding that the men went missing from the country's southwestern district of Kegalle.
Rains lashed the country throughout Sunday, flooding most of the roads in Colombo. Besides, several roads have been cut off due to floods with the Sri Lanka Red Cross saying its employees have been placed on alert to assist anyone who may be affected by the bad weather.
The armed forces have also been put on alert. As many as eight districts have been issued landslide warnings.
Katunayake, just outside Colombo, had recorded the highest rain fall, over 260 millimeters between 8.30 am Sunday and 5.30 am Monday, the Meteorology Department said.
However, the rains were to ease somewhat on Monday.
"The low pressure area is moving away from Sri Lanka, so the rainy conditions over the island will be reduced to some extent, but strong wind conditions will continue for a few more days," Malinda Millagoda, a meteorologist said.
On Sunday, three international flights were diverted to Kochi due to bad weather conditions prevailing in Sri Lanka, airport officials said.
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