#Floods affecting many parts of Sri Lanka
Friday 26th May 2017
Sri Lanka Floods Update:
12pm Gin River in Tawalama pictured this afternoon
1130am Flood gates of the Lakshapana, Canyon and Kukule Ganga reservoirs opened due to heavy rain – Min of Power and Renewable Energy
11am 500,000 affected by floods accross Southern Sri Lanka according to Sri Lanka Red Cross, death toll at 57, 80 listed as missing in Kalutara Districts reports
1035am 3 kids passed away from Kaluthara this morning due to floods
1030am At least 23 people ve lost lives in SLFlood2017 and landslides in the Ratnapura & Kalutara districts,rescue operations commenced
930am Rainfall over the past 24 hours (ending at 8.30am) ; Kukule Ganga-553mm; Weeraketiya-495.5mm; Galle Batuwangala-395.5mm; Padukka-377.2mm
8am Neluwa bus stand this morning is no longer visible as its inundated by floods up 20 feet
730am Rathnapura town has been submerged due to the overflowing of the Kalu Ganga, boats required for relief efforts according to Additional District Secretary. He added that upto 5 landslides in Ratnapura district have claimed the lives of 10 persons.
715am As reported last night flood in Tawalama Town and Morawaka Town up to 24 feet water level:
7am People in low lying areas of Seethawaka, Kollonnawa, Homagama and Kaduwela are advised to be evacuated due to floods: GA – Colombo
645: Several people reportedly missing due to landslide/flood situation in Veyangalla,Agalawatta
630am Death toll from island-wide floods and landslides has risen to 13 with a further 4 people reported missing.
6am: Over 10,000 people reported to be affected by floods in the Ratnapura district according to SL Red Cross. Relief items being distributed. Red Cross issues ‘steps to take to stay safe’
Thursday 25th May 2017
7pm Towns close to Galle such as Tawalama Town is currently experiencing flooding as well as Morawaka and Neluwa Town.
Water level in the Matara Niwala River is rising.People in the vicinity are advised to be vigilant.
6pm LANDSLIDE ALERT – People in Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle & Kalutara to be vigilant of possible landslides due to deteriorating Weather
950am Former Sports Minister MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who is unable to explain source of wealth to buy a house at Borella for Rs.27 mln, indicted and granted bail.
830am Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake assumed duties early this morning. Photo credit goes to SriLankaMirror
815am Finance & Media Minister Mangala assumed duties this morning without any ceremony as other Ministers do
8am President Maithripala Sirisena meets Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull at the National Parliament building in Canberra
Wednesday 24th May 2017
10pm Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Weather: SEVERE WEATHER ALERT 🚨 FOR NEXT 24hrs.
6pm National Building Research Org (NBRO) issues landslide watch 4 Rathnapura,Elapatha,Pelmadulla,Kuruwita,Ehaliyagoda,Kiriella,ImbulpeDS Divs & surrounding areas in Rathnapura
5pm Residents of Malwala, Ratnapura adviced to be vigilant as the water levels of the Kalu Ganga could increase as a result of the heavy rain ☔️
4pm Navy launched a search operation to locate 19 fishing boats left from Eravur – Baticaloa and reportedly went missing
230pm Harcourts Pharmacy in Nawinna (close to Maharagama town) thrown petrol bombs this afternoon-Branch Manager
215pm A Pakistani couple arrested at the BIA by Police Narcotics Bureau, with 4 kilograms of heroin, worth over Rs.40 million
11am SL Law and Order minister Sagala Ratnayaka accepts loopholes in law enforcement resulted in recent racial attacks, says taken measures to rectify situation.
9am BBS Secreatry Gnanasara didn’t appear the Court of Appeal today because of fever. Court of Appeal to postponed to till 31st case against Galagodaaththe Gnanasara over the contempt of court.
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
5pm ‘Attacks on minority institutions can’t be issues of Minorities but should be considered as National Issue’ : Minister Mano Ganesan at the Parliament
1245pm PM Ranil Wickramasinghe has instructed Law & Order minister that area police chiefs should be held responsible if they allow any racism attacks in their areas
12pm Muslim Rights Organization has called for island wide hartal on Thursday (25) to condemn the continued attacks against Muslims where several shops have been burnt over last few days.
10am President Maithripala Sirisena has blamed Police in last night SLFP meeting for not taking action over racism violence
Meanwhile another shop reportedly burnt in Kahawatta belonging to Muslim owner.
7am Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakara is set to retire from first class cricket at the end of the English County season
Monday 22nd May 2017
3pm “We should defeat extremists from both sides who are trying to create a clash between Sinhalese & Muslims” Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa
11am President informed that there will be changes in Deputy Ministers in the near future.
835am Cabinet reshuffle in full:
830am Nine Cabinet Ministers and a State Minister took oaths in their new portfolios a while ago- President
8am All set for Cabinet reshuffle; The President and the Prime Minister arrived at the Presidential Secretariat
7am Muslim organizations claims that yet another Muslim owned shop has been burnt down,carpet shop in Wijerama in Akurana was burned and destroyed over night.
Sunday 21th May 2017
950pm Scotland have beaten Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the 1st ODI
9.30pm Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thero ends his fast
8pm Law & Order Minister Sagala Rathnayaka called GanasaraThero who is on hunger strike
7pm A special meeting is currently taking place between the President and the Prime Minister
510pm: Search and rescue operation at the collapsed building site in Wellawatta, completed;3 persons died & 21 injured in the incident:Police
5pm: Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thero started a hunger strike in Malwathu Maha Vihara,Kandy saying there is an attempt to arrest him.
12pm: A vehicle parade arranged aledgedly by BBS today to travel through muslim areas in Beruwala & Aluthgama.
1050 am: BBS, Hate Groups Manipulated by Govt – Namal
1045 am: All Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers & Deputy Ministers are called up for a meeting to be held tomorrow morning at the Presidential Secretariat
Saturday 20th May 2017:
1030 pm: BBS says over 200 Police officers came to arrest Gnanasara thero in Kurunegala but arrest was prevented with the support of area youth
6pm: Muslim org claims a mosque in Kurunegala and a shop in Elpitiya attacked last night, several shops & mosques were attacked last week.
Elpitiya shop tourched as result of communal violence fueled by BBS.