Heavy rains cause deadly floods and landslides in Sri Lanka

At least four people have died and more than 44,153 others have been affected by heavy rains in Sri Lanka since May 10, 2021. Severe weather has led to flooding and landslides that have damaged property in many parts of the country.

Multiple days of heavy rains have affected about a thousand people in the Ratnapura, Colombo and Puttalam areas of Sri Lanka.

At least 44,153 people were affected and up to 618 homes were partially damaged, according to the Disaster Management Center.

At least four deaths have been reported, one in a landslide in Kegalle and three in floods.

Heavy rains filled reservoirs, forcing authorities to open several dams. Local authorities reported that water reached the lower floors of houses, and water levels were rising in the Kelani, Nilwala, Kalu Ganga, Ging Ganga and Attanagalu Oya rivers.

Data from the Department of Meteorology show that 229 mm of rain fell in Beralapanathar in the 24 hours through May 12.

Several areas received more than 150 mm in an eight-hour period on May 13, including Hiniduma with 190 mm and Khorana with 160 mm.

Heavy downpours were caused by an area of low pressure that formed in the southeastern Arabian Sea. This low pressure area intensified into Tropical Cyclone Tauktae on 14 May.

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