The DMC said that as of today 48,883 people have been displaced around the country from floods and landslides. The Puttalam district is so far the worst affected with 28,682 people displaced. In total over 200,000 people have been affected by the bad weather with the department of meteorology warning of more rain over the next few hours. The death toll from the extreme weather experienced in the country over the past few days reached 30 by today with over 14 still missing, the Disaster Management Center said.In the latest incident, a boat carrying 22 people capsized at Tissa wewa in Tissamaharama during bad weather this afternoon and at least 5 of them had drowned.
A GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER will give evidence on alleged malpractice in the penalty points system in private to TDs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today. The PAC took the decision on Tuesday to push ahead with hearing from serving garda sergeant Maurice McCabe despite an investigation being launched into the controversy by the Garda Ombudsman.The hearing will take place at 2pm and, despite it being held in private, McCabe will be restricted in what he can say and will not be allowed to name names.Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan had last week raised the prospect of potential legal action over the appearance of the garda but yesterday confirmed that he would not be taking any legal proceedings.The Government says that the PAC has been asked to pass any relevant documentation they have on to the Ombudsman for their investigation with committee chairman John McGuinness saying that the Ombudsman’s investigation into wrongful penalty points cancellations is outside the remit of the PAC.Another former garda who also raised questions about poential abuse within the penalty points system will not be speaking before the PAC. Claims of impropriety have been regularly dismissed by senior gardaí including Garda Commissioner Callinan himself.Read: Shatter slams ‘disturbing’ PAC comments, asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue >Read: ‘The facts as I know them’: 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan’s evidence to the PAC >