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12/03/2008

Record Rain falls cripple Northern Sri Lanka

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“The Sri Lankan government has prevented aid agencies from assisting thousands of desperate people in the Vanni,

Cyclone Nisha brought the HEAVIEST RAINS IN DECADES to the Island north and crippled people's lives many ways. Jaffna recorded THE HIGHEST RAINFALL SINCE 1918, with 520.1 millimetres of rain last week, with Wednesday’s reading of 389.8 millimetres being the highest in nine decades. The heavy rains during the past few days claimed 30 lives with many missing still not accounted for yet. In the hardest hit Jaffna district, more than 330,000 people were affected and over 40,000 houses were damaged, including 11,000 listed as destroyed. The cyclonic winds up to 80km/hr in the Jaffna Peninsula caused widespread flooding. There has been no electricity since 25 November at 8pm when Cyclone Nisha hit northern Sri Lanka. The sea level increased overnight and in some areas, the situation has been adversely affected by the blocking of drainage canals. Causeways have been flooded and damaged, isolating the islands off the main Peninsula.
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