Hotline set for those affected by flash floods
The Ministry of Disaster Management has set up a hotline 117 for those who affected seeking assistance due to floods. Flash floods and landslides, triggered by more than three days of heavy rain, have forced more than 130,000 people from their homes and killed at least 11. Troops have launched rescue operations in inundated areas of the Indian Ocean island, with boats and helicopters pulling more than 200 people trapped in the northwestern coastal district of Puttalam to safety, officials said. Meanwhile, the District Secretariat of Gampaha and Puttalam requested public to provide dry rations, water, sanitary items for flood victims. For more details call - (Gampaha) 0713527036/ 0332222235. (Puttalam) 032-2265225.