Five districts in North under floods, over 100,000 displaced
[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 December 2012, 13:43 GMT]
101,569 members of 28,297 families in five districts Mullaiththeevu, Ki'linochchi, Vavuniyaa, Mannaar and Jaffna in the Northern Province have been badly affected by the torrential rain. Of them about 35,000 members of over 10 thousand families have been sheltered in transit centres. Over twenty thousand houses have been damaged completely and partially due to the rain and flood, according statistics provided by the officials attached to the Disaster Management Unit.
Mullaiththeevu district is the worst affected one in the Northern Province where 36,019 persons of 11,261 families have been affected.
60,796 persons from 2147 families Oddu-chuddaan DS division, 16,899 persons from 5,336 families in Puthukkudiyiruppu DS division, 8,063 persons from 2,338 families in Karaithu'raip-pattu, 3,359 members from 1,143 families in Thu'nukkaay DS division, 857 persons from 277 families in Maanthai East DS division and 45 persons from 20 families Ma'nal-Aa'ru (Weli Oya) DS division have been displaced and are being sheltered in 50 transit centres.
Roads in Vavuniyaa, Mullaiththeevu, Oddu-chuddan and Puthukkudiyiruppu are under several feet of flood bringing the transport to a standstill.
In Mullaiththeevu alone 16,150 houses have been badly damaged.
In Ki'linochchi district 2,068 families residing in three DS divisions, Karaichchi, Kandaa-va'lai and Poonakari have been badly affected.
Of them 1,228 families have been rendered homeless.
1,381 persons from 344 families have been sheltered in 9 transit centres in Karaichchi DS division, 2,430 persons from 702 families in Kandaava'lai DS division in 14 transit centres, and 582 persons from 182 families in Poonakari DS division in 25 transit centres.
According to SL Government Agent of Ki'lnochchi district Ms Rupavathi Keetheesvaran 4,373 persons from 1,228 families are sheltered in transit centres. She said cooked meals and essential services are provided to these displaced.
In Vavuniyaa district, 34,170 persons from 9,123 families have been affected. 6,919 persons from 1,865 families in Cheddi-ku'lam DS division, 26,341 persons from 6,714 families in Nedungkea'ni DS division, and 819 persons from 514 families in Vavuniyaa Sinhala DS division have been affected and they are sheltered in 67 transit centres, according to Assistant Director of Disaster Management Unit Janaka Jayewardene.
In Mannaar district 23,300 persons from 5,865 families have been affected.
906 persons from 248 families in Mannaar DS division, 12,868 persons from 2,960 families Musali DS division, 6,471 persons from 405 families in Madu DS division, 4,093 persons from 1,138 families in Nanaaddaan DS division, and 3,942 persons from 1,105 families in Maanthai West DS division have been affected.
Transport between Mannaar,-Jaffna and Mannaar-Madawachchiya has come to halt due to heavy flood.
Land route to Musali area has been disrupted.
People in Vidathaltheevu have been rescued from flood by boats due to efforts made by the the district secretariat and irrigation officials.