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Sri Lanka: Tens of thousands affected by bad weather

Sri Lanka: Tens of thousands affected by bad weather
Island nation mobilizes armed forces to meet any emergency

By Riyaz ul Khaliq

ANKARA (AA) - Thousands of people are badly affected by adverse weather in Sri Lanka, local media reported on Wednesday.

Country’s disaster management center said nearly 80,000 people were affected in several districts including capital Colombo due to continuous rains, the Daily News reported.

Police forces are on alert while the government has mobilized army, navy and the air force personnel to meet any emergency and provide relief to the affected people.

Authorities have issued landslide warnings in several areas.

The irrigation department said that water levels in the Nilawala, Kalu, Gin and Attanagalu Oya rivers continue to rise.

Sri Lankan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Sumith Atapattu said they have deployed teams of 30 troops, each to areas prone to flooding, while special forces units are on standby in case the need arises, according to daily Colombo Page.

source: News Feed
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