For the first time since heavy rains caused floods, Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has visited the flood affected areas today (3rd June 2017) in Ratnapura with this colleagues M.A. Sumanthiran and Mavai Senathirajah.
The floods resulted from a heavy southwest monsoon, beginning around 18-19 May 2017. Flooding was worsened by the arrival of the precursor system to Cyclone Mora, causing flooding and landslides throughout Sri Lanka during the final week of May 2017. The floods affected 15 districts, killed at least 208 people and left a further 92 people missing. As of 02 June, 677,241 people are affected, while 9,432 houses are partially damaged and another 1,735 houses fully damaged.