Heavy rains in East, 600,000 affected
[TamilNet, Monday, 10 January 2011, 03:28 GMT]
The three districts of Eastern Province, Batticaloa, Ampaa'rai and Trincomalee, have been experiencing heavy rains beginning from the second week
of December last year and about six hundred thousand members of
160,000 families have been affected, according to officials attached to the Disaster Management Ministry (DMM). In Batticaloa district alone 360,000 persons have been affected. Batticaloa District Secretary has appealed to the
DMM hierarchy to take immediate steps to provide dry
rations to all affected people whether they are displaced or not as
their livelihood had been affected due to inclement weather.
However flood in several DS divisions are reported to be receding,
people are worried about the continuing rain.
People displaced by flood were only provided with dry rations for three days. Thereafter,
they have been forced to find their own source of income.
affected farmers are unable to restart their cultivation of subsidiary
crops and paddy as their lands are still under flood water.
are unable to go for fishing due to rough sea.
district has been experiencing heavy rain from December 23 and Vaakarai
and Ea'raavoor have been among the most affected DS divisions in the
district. A total of 642 houses in 14 Divisional Secretariat Divisions
were fully damaged by the floods, according to civil sources.
14 Kiraama Cheavakar (GS) Divisions in the Ampaa'rai district were severely
affected by the torrential rains resulting in the low lying areas
In the Trincomalee district thousands of people resettled in villages
in Moothoor East and Verukal DS division have been undergoing untold
hardships as their livelihood activities have come to a standstill due
to the continuing rain.
Only to those displaced and sheltered in
transit camps were provided with dry ration relief.
Villagers who have
lost their livelihood due to flood but staying in their huts without
seeking refuge in transit camps are not being provided with any