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Lanka floods claim four, displace lakhs

world Updated: Oct 27, 2008 00:32 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
flood situation in Sri Lanka

The flood situation in Sri Lanka continued to worsen in the last 24 hours with four people dying and the number of people affected climbing above the 1.36 lakh mark.

The worst affected are areas in the south, west and north-west of the country where occupants of more than 25,000 homes have had to seek shelter.

The incessant rains have also impacted the hundreds of thousands of the displaced in the country’s north where the armed forces are fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Aid agencies had already warned that temporary shelters provided to the hundreds of thousands of the internally displaced by the government were inadequate. Large chunks of areas in the north are prone to flooding. The rains have also increased the chances of water-borne diseases spreading in the temporary camps.

The rains have also affected the progress of the Sri Lankan army (SLA) into areas controlled by the LTTE.

More than Rs 6 million has been released by the Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Ministry to be given to the district officials. Arrangements have been made to provide relief through government agents to flood victims, Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said on Saturday.