07/19/2019, 13.53
SRI LANKA
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Monsoon rains, drought and landslides are some of the environmental disasters afflicting the lives of Sri Lankans

by Melani Manel Perera

In recent weeks, the countries around the Bay of Bengal have been hit by severe monsoon rains. Landslides and bad weather have affected more than 567,000 people in nine Sri Lankan provinces. The country’s west coast is also on full alert, whilst fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea.

 

Colombo (AsiaNews) – Sri Lanka is currently experiencing a plethora of natural disasters, ranging from drought and heavy monsoons rains to coastal storms and landslides.

Yesterday, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) released data on the weather situation, indicating deteriorating conditions in several areas, as well as the displacement of thousands of people.

According to the DMC, landslides and bad weather conditions have affected more than 567,000 people in nine provinces. In all, 159,000 families have suffered from drought.

In places like Balangoda, Mudalama, Karainagar, Nuwara Eliya, Walapane, Hanguranketha, Padavisiripura and Eravur Pattu, a total of 109 families have been affected by landslides, coastal erosion, strong winds, fires and lightning.

About 127 people were evacuated from Sabaragamuwa Province and another 145 from the Central Province to seven less dangerous areas.

The authorities issued an advisory to residents living downstream from the Laxapana reservoir to be vigilant after two spill gates were opened.

The Bay of Bengal has been recently hit by violent monsoon rains that are causing serious damage and many victims across South Asia.

According to experts, western coastal areas – from Puttalam to Hambantota, including the capital Colombo and Galle – should expect heavy rains and winds of up to 80 km/h. Significant rain should drench the country’s central hill region.

The authorities have also issued an advisory for fishermen and other seafarers as well as coastal communities, urging people not to venture into the sea and pay close attention to the situation.

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