7 killed, 500,000 affected in NE floods

At least seven people were killed and more than 500,000 affected by floods following heavy rains in the north and east during the past few days, the Disaster Management Centre and reports from the area said.

Heavy rains have hit the LTTE stronghold of Kilinochchi as fierce fighting takes place in the outskirts of the town. An ambulance is seen pushed by medical workers and others while an LTTE ‘traffic policewoman’ looks on.

The Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Jaffna, Trincomalee districts were the worst affected by the rains said to be the heaviest in the past several decades.

According to Kilinochchi District Secretary N. Vedanayagan about 225,000 war-displaced people in the district were affected by the floods.

However, DMC officials said the centre had not received any reports about floods in Kilinochchi. They confirmed that 21,000 families were affected by the floods in the LTTE-controlled Mullaitivu district.
The officials said that in the Jaffna district some 291,000 people were affected by the floods with 7,954 houses being destroyed and 17,060 houses partially destroyed.

In the Mannar district, some 23,000 people were hit by the floods, they said.

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