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Flood in Sri Lanka

Monday, 21 May 2018

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
Sri Lanka
Date of Charter Activation:
2018-05-21
Time of Charter Activation:
20:49
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka
Activation ID:
573
Project Management:
Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka

Description of the event

Monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have killed eight people, with 172 more people requiring rescue by the armed forces. Eight districts have been affected as up to 150mm of rain fell across the country.

Adverse weather conditions have closed roads and displaced many people prompting the government to deploy members of the army to provide emergency evacuation and relief efforts. Power supplies have been interrupted in many areas across the country as flood waters and falling trees took down power lines.

As the heavy rain continued, landslide warnings have been issued across several districts while 'red alert' flood warnings were issued to people in four districts living alongside major rivers.

Flooding in Colombo District, Sri Lanka

Source: ALOS-2
Acquired: 23/05/2018

Copyright: ALOS-2 © JAXA (2018) All rights reserved
Map produced by Disaster Management Centre

Flooding in Gampaha, Sri Lanka

Source: ALOS-2
Acquired: 23/05/2018

Copyright: ALOS-2 © JAXA (2018) All rights reserved
Map produced by Disaster Management Centre

Flooding in Gampaha, Sri Lanka

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 23/05/2018

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2018, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by Disaster Management Centre

Flooding in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 23/05/2018

Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2018, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by Disaster Management Centre

Flooding in Kurunegala District

Source: ALOS-2
Acquired: 23/05/2018

Copyright: ALOS-2 © JAXA (2018) All rights reserved
Map produced by Disaster Management Centre

Flooding in Puttalam District

Source: ALOS-2
Acquired: 23/05/2018

Copyright: ALOS-2 © JAXA (2018) All rights reserved
Map produced by Disaster Management Centre