Colombo, Jan 12 (Agencies): Sri Lanka on Wednesday deployed 28,000 military personnel to provide relief materials to the victims of flood, which has so far killed at least 18 people and left around 200,000 homeless, officials said.

Army, Navy and Air Force personnel are working around the clock to provide water, food and shelter on a priority basis to all flood victims.

Four military helicopters and 28 naval boats are being used to transport cooked meals to areas left inaccessible by road.

Nearly 200,000 left homeless have been sheltered at 493 welfare centres.

Around one million affected by the floods after torrential rains over the last few days which also killed at least 18 people and injured 47.

The Sri Lankan Government has allocated Rs 49 million for the eastern province and adjoining Polonnaruwa district to provide relief supplies to victims, Director General of Government Information Ariyaratna Athugala said.

Following the request made by the Government, flood reliefs are being provided by local and foreign NGOs as well.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cut short his visit to the flood hit areas due to bad weather.

The President was flown to Polonnaruwa in the north central province in order to make a firsthand assessment of the floods damage but he had to cancel his visit to the eastern Batticaloa district and return to Colombo, the Government said.