Water levels across flood-affected Sri Lanka, including in and around Colombo continued to recede over the weekend, as the death toll from the floods and landslides increased to 82. The Disaster Management Centre on Sunday said that 111 continued to be missing, 242,927 people from 57,590 families were displaced, while the total number of those affected from floods and landslides stood at 348,476.
The Irrigation Department said that over the next couples of days, the water levels in the Kelaniya River should return to around five feet. By noon today, the water levels in the river had dropped to six feet, a foot below from the flood level.
The United Nations extended its continued support to Sri Lanka, with a UN Spokesman in New York saying that the UN office in Colombo was strengthening the local UN coordination on the ground, while also helping international agencies in mobilizing effort to provide flood relief to the victims.
Meanwhile, Pakistan dispatched a field hospital to Sri Lanka, with a capacity of 30 beds, with 17 doctors, along with other relief material and food items for victims. The field hospital includes operating theatres, x-ray machines, and laboratories.
The torrential rains over the past few days has however has help fill up the country’s reservoirs up to 75 percent, helping the government generate more electricity from hydro sources instead of thermal sources. Due to the high water levels in the reservoirs, more than 50 percent of the current electricity supply generated in Sri Lanka was from hydro.