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Friday 31 December 2004

URGENT: SRI LANKA FLOOD WARNINGS

NOTE: This has nothing to do with another Tsunami warning so people in other countries need not worry.

It's been raining in the Easter Coast of Sri Lanka since morning. There are flood warnings for the Batticaloa and Amparai Districts. There is a CONFIRMED report that Valachchenai in the Batticaloa district is already under 3 feet of water. Aid convoys heading to Batticaloa have to pass over the Manampitiya bridge and the Valachchenai area. All aid convoys to the area must be held back at the Manampitiya bridge at least. Efforts to evacuate the over 3000 refugees who have been living in Valachchenai for the past 5 days are going on.

Further south, in Kalmunai in Amparai District too it has been raining since morning. If it continues for any longer floods are expected there too. Evacuation activities are underway.
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