Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SHAKE AND BLOW
Flood-hit Sri Lankans face uncertain future
by Staff Writers
Colombo (AFP) May 23, 2016


Sri Lankans camped out in shelters in the capital face an uncertain future after massive flooding from torrential rain struck the island, forcing them to flee their inundated homes.

Water levels in Colombo are slowly falling after the Kelani river running through the city of 650,000 burst its banks early last week, and a cleanup is underway.

But many of the 100,000-odd residents still sheltering in schools and other relief centres in Colombo say they have lost everything and are unsure how to rebuild.

"We have no shortage of food, but the issue is how do we go back home?" said single mother Dinesha Devi, who has spent five days camped in a classroom at the Vidyawardena school on the city's outskirts.

"We have lost everything we had. I don't even have any change of clothes for Nilakshan let alone for myself," Devi said of her 21-month-old toddler.

Devi was one of thousands who clambered onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts after the rains hit, triggering huge landslides northeast of the capital that buried two villages.

More than 90 people are so far known to have died across the island, although that number could rise with more reported missing, the national Disaster Management Centre said.

The government called a special session of parliament for Wednesday to discuss how best to respond to the floods, which the finance ministry estimates has caused $2 billion worth of damage.

The government has promised compensation to those affected in 22 of Sri Lanka's 25 districts, but no details have yet been announced. Most people outside Colombo have already returned home.

Joyce Patricia told AFP waters raced through the small shop that she owns with her family and they have no money to restart the business.

Fareena Shahul, a travelling saleswoman, voiced similar concerns, saying her entire stock of clothing had been destroyed.

"I used to sell clothes, but today I am left with what I am wearing and I have to ask for clothes from others," the 45-year-old said as she also sheltered at the Vidyawardena school in a poor Colombo suburb.

Housewife Sanuja Ratnayake, 37, said she had tried to return home but found it filled with about two feet of stinking black sludge.

"We will not be able to do the cleanup ourselves," she said at the school. "We will need a lot of help."


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
SHAKE AND BLOW
Flood-hit Sri Lanka pulls more bodies from landslides
Colombo (AFP) May 22, 2016
Sri Lankan soldiers pulled more bodies from landslides and distributed food and water Sunday to hundreds of thousands forced into shelters after major floods hit the island. Floodwaters were receding in the capital Colombo after the heaviest rains in 25 years pounded the country since last weekend, triggering landslides that have buried victims in tonnes of mud. Soldiers and other rescue ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
Orbita, a ghost of Chernobyl in the heart of Ukraine

Libya coastguard intercepts 850 migrants: navy

Artist Ai Weiwei says Gaza key part of refugee crisis

Belgian prisons 'like North Korea' as strike crisis hits

SHAKE AND BLOW
Combining nanotextures with Leidenfrost effect for water repellency

Printing metal in midair

Dynamic dazzle distorts speed

Scientists create 'rewritable magnetic charge ice'

SHAKE AND BLOW
Tiny ocean organism has big role in climate regulation

Parasite helps sea snails survive ocean acidification

New model could predict sudden shifts in river deltas

California eases water restrictions, but drought continues

SHAKE AND BLOW
Increased vegetation in the Arctic region may counteract global warming

Evidence of repeated rapid retreat of the East Antarctic ice sheet

Will more snow over Antarctica offset rising seas

Retreat of the ice followed by millennia of methane release

SHAKE AND BLOW
Genetically engineered crops: Experiences and prospects

EU delays re-approval for weedkiller glyphosate

Farms have become a major air-pollution source

Illinois River water quality improvement linked to more efficient corn production

SHAKE AND BLOW
Thousands homeless in cyclone-hit Bangladesh

Sri Lanka president flies to flood-hit area, toll hits 37

New study finds major earthquake

Sri Lanka flood toll hits 11, thousands more homeless

SHAKE AND BLOW
DR Congo denies getting pistols from North Korea

Senegal's child beggars show limits of 'apptivism'

S.Africa may re-consider regulated rhino horn trade in future

Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

SHAKE AND BLOW
From Israel's army to Hollywood: the meteoric rise of Krav Maga

New evidence that humans settled in southeastern US far earlier than previously believed

Climate change may have contributed to extinction of Neanderthals

Drawing the genetic history of Ice Age Eurasian populations




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement