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Over 8,000 people affected by Sri Lanka flash floods

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Over 8,000 people in have been affected by torrential rains and floods that have wreaked havoc in the island nation, officials said.

Several people were evacuated from their homes due to the heavy downpour yesterday but as the rains ceased this morning, the situation was normalising, Disaster Management Centre's said.

Around 8,377 individuals in the Galle and Kalutara Districts have been affected with the flood situation due to torrential rains received yesterday, the centre said.

Nearly 7,742 people in and 635 people in were affected with the flood situation, Kodippilli was quoted as saying by

The flood situation is gradually improving at the moment, he said, adding that no casualties or damages were reported but those living in low areas have been asked to be vigilant.

Meanwhile, said showers or thundershowers will occur over most provinces in the island.

It said showers will occur in the Western and Southern provinces and in the Puttalam District, the report said.

Sri Lanka, which has been heavily deforested for cash crops, often witnesses landslides during the monsoon season.

Last year, heavy floods and landslides triggered by the worst rainfall killed at least 92 people and left 110 missing.

Over 20,000 people had been displaced in seven districts as the south western monsoon caused havoc, destroying hundreds of homes and cutting off several roads.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 16:00 IST