Two dead, two missing in landslides in Kegalle and Kurunegala, death toll increases to 20 due to adverse weather

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Two persons have been killed and two others are missing after landslides hit two houses in Kurunegala and Kegalle, Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.

A father and son have gone missing after a mound of earth collapsed on a house in the Dewalegama area in Pussella, Kegalle. The mother has been rescued and hospitalized, according to the District Disaster Management Unit. Army troops and relief teams are conducting search operations to find the missing.

Also, an elderly couple of 65 and 70 years of age was killed after rocks fell on their house in the Dodamgaslanda Korossa area in Kurunegala last night. Their bodies were recovered this morning.

The death toll from the adverse weather conditions has increased to 20, and another five people are missing, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today in its latest report.

Meanwhile, 62,247 people in 17,481 families have been affected by the adverse weather in 126 Divisional Secretariats in 17 districts.

The Department of Meteorology said the low pressure area still persisting in the south-east Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further in to a depression during next 36 hours and move West-Northwestwards towards North Tamil Nadu, closer to North coast of Sri Lanka.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times over most parts of the island due to the low pressure system and Very heavy showers about 150mm are likely at some places in Northern, North-central, North-western and Western provinces. Heavy showers above 100 mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Trincomalee district.

Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture the aforementioned sea area and sea areas around the island extending from Kankasanthurai to Pothuwil via Puttalam, Colombo, Galle and Hambantota, until further notice.

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