91 killed, 110 missing in Sri Lankan floods, mudslides

Elias Hubbard
May 27, 2017

In Sri Lanka, heavy rains, floods and massive landslides have killed around 100 people with many still missing.

Almost 50,000 people across 13 districts in the southern parts of the island were affected and about 8,000 of them had to be evacuated from Kalutara, a coastal city some 40 km south of Colombo, among the worst hit.

The disaster center added that almost 24,000 people in 13 districts have been impacted by flooding or landslides.

Several important roads also suffered a beating along with hindrance in rescue boat operations.

Highways and railway lines in several areas remained inundated hampering transport services while schools across the Sabaragamuwa province remained closed.

Sri Lanka's government said the death toll from floods and mudslides that have lashed the island in the last 24 hours has risen to 91.

Sri Lanka issued an global appeal for help as reports came in from areas which had been inaccessible earlier in the day, with neighbouring India sending two shiploads of emergency relief supplies as well as medical teams.

More than 20,000 people in the south and west of the country have been driven from their homes.

According to the report, Galle is the worst affected district where 7,157 people have been affected.

More than 90 people were reported dead after unusually heavy rains triggered floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka. The air force also sent helicopters and planes to rescue the marooned and provide emergency relief.

Mudslides have become common during the monsoon season in the Indian Ocean tropical island, amid heavy deforestation to grow export crops such as tea and rubber.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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