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Heavy rains trigger deadly floods and landslides in Sri Lanka

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At least four people lost their lives while more than 44 153 others have been affected by heavy rains in Sri Lanka since May 10, 2021. The severe weather has resulted in flooding and landslides that damaged properties in many parts of the country.

Days of heavy rain affected around a thousand people in the districts of Rathnapura, Colombo, and Puttalam in Sri Lanka.

According to the Disaster Management Center, at least 44 153 people were affected and up to 618 houses partially damaged.

At least four fatalities were reported– one due to a landslide in Kegalle and three due to floods.

Heavy rainfall filled up reservoirs, forcing authorities to open several dams. Local reports said the waters have reached lower elevations, with rising levels observed in the Kelani River, Nilwala River, Kalu Ganga, Ging Ganga, and Attanagalu Oya.

Figures from the Department of Meteorology show that as much as 229 mm (9 inches) fell in a 24-hour period to May 12 in Beralapanathara.

Several areas recorded more than 150 mm (6 inches) in an eight-hour period on May 13, including Hiniduma with 190 mm (7.5 inches) and Horana with 160 mm (6.3 inches).

The heavy downpours were a result of a low-pressure area developed in the southeastern Arabian Sea. This LPA intensified into Tropical Cyclone "Tauktae" on May 14.

Featured image credit: Sri Lanka Navy

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