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Over 100k affected by severe floods in North-East Sri Lanka

Over 100,000 people are expected to be affected by severe flooding in the North-East of Sri Lanka following heavy rainfall over the last four days.

In Jaffna alone, over 76,673 people have been affected by the floods, with at least 254 houses suffering damage, said the Jaffna District Disaster Management Centre on Monday.

Photograph: Tamil Guardian

The Kilinochchi District Disaster Management Centre reported a minimum pf 12,980 people to ha been affected by the floods.

In Mullaitivu, at least 1230 are thought ot have been affected.

War affected displaced families living in temporary shelters have faced the brunt of the rain, whilst being forcibly displaced by the consequential flooding.

The refugee camps in Lonappulam and Valigamam north were also severely affected according to sources on the ground.

Hundreds of families are now being sheltered in public school buildings.

Several areas where war affected families have been living in temporary shelters have been hit by flash floods, including the villages of Santhapuram, Ponnagar, Paranthan, Sivapuram, Umayalpuram and Murasumoddai.

In Killinochchi hundreds of families have been severely affected by the heavy rainfall.

At least 50 houses were damaged due to torrential rain and strong winds said the Killinochchi District Assistant Director of Disaster Management Kukathas Sukunathas.

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