Number of dead nears 200 over 6000 homes damaged

The death toll from the floods and landslides is nearing 200, according to the latest reports by the Disaster Management Centre.The Disaster Management Centre said that the death toll had reached 180 by this evening and 109 others are missing. Of those killed, 77 are from Ratnapura, 54 from Kalutara and 21 from Matara. Latest reports also stated that over 6000 homes have been damaged. Over 500,000 people have been affected and many of them are now in temporary shelters.Meanwhile the Ministry of Petroleum Resource Development will set up a Disaster Management Unit to continuously supply fuel to the areas affected by the adverse weather. The Unit will be set up with the intention of identifying the issues related to the distribution of fuel and coordinating all the institutions under the Ministry. (Colombo Gazette)

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