Friday, 6 June 2014

Torrential rain kills 23, displaces thousands in Sri Lanka

Nearly 150 schools have been closed, 23 people died and thousands more displaced as Sri Lanka grapples with rains that have lashed the island for days, an official said on Wednesday.

Torrential rain lashed much of the western and central parts of the country resulting in flash floods, toppled buildings and disrupted lives.

Local media have estimated about 27,200 people have been displaced by the floods and landslides. Over 40 houses have been completely destroyed due to heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding in six districts while another 101 homes have been partially damaged.

Majority of the deaths and damage have been reported from the Kalutara District in the western province and relief efforts are continuing, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters.

Friday 06 June 2014


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