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Event: LS Land Slide
Number: 2022-000283
Country: LKA Sri Lanka
Location: Northern, Central, Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces
Date (YMD): 2022-8-11
Duration: 8
Information Source:Sri Lanka Red Cross Society
Comments: The Southwest monsoon activation has been intensifying rainfall in Sri Lanka from 1 to 8 August 2022 where the Northern, Central, Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces of Sri Lanka have been affected. According to the Department of Meteorology, massive rainfall of 243mm was reported in the Northern sub district, the Nuwara Eliya, Nawalapitiya and Delthota sub districts in the Kandy district (Central Province) where several landslides and rock falls damaged houses and blocked roads and railway line. Rainfall over 100 millimeters was observed in the Rathnapura district (Sabaragamuwa province), and in the districts of Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya (Central Province). In total, five deaths were reported while three people have been missing and rescue teams are working around the clock despite heavy rains to recover the missing bodies. The continuous heavy rains coupled with high winds over 50 km/p have caused landslides, road embankment failures/ cutting failures, floods, rock fall and fallen trees across the districts of Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Matale (Central Province), GalleHambantota and Matara districts (Southern Province), Rathnapura and Kegalle districts (Sabaragamuwa Province), and Gampaha district (Western Province). Due to the severity of the situation, agricultural lands and standing crops were also damaged in low lying areas due to flooding while infrastructure and housing damages have also been reported.
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