Sri Lanka: Nearly 91 died in floods, landslides; Over 100 Missing


COLOMBO:  Nearly 91 people lost their lives and another 110 missing in flooding and landslides that occurred in Sri Lanka on Friday.

The rescue operations were carried out in the area and about 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the south and western parts of the country.

“There are some areas where we are unable to reach, but relief operations are under way,” deputy minister for disaster management Dunesh Gankanda stated.

As per the reports, at least 91 people died and 110 others missing due to the heavy landslide in the region.

The reports revealed that the maximum numbers of deaths were held in Ratnapura, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Colombo.

Due to the heavy flooding, about 500 homes were destroyed.

As per the met department, it was the most awful rains that took place in the region. There could be chances of downstream flooding in the coming few days.

The government is taking strict action and has set temporary shelters in schools as well as other public buildings.

Thousands of troops have been deployed to assist the marooned villagers.

Sri Lanka demanded the international community, involving the United Nations and neighbouring countries to assist the victims and missing people.
“The (foreign) ministry will continue to monitor the flood situation and seek assistance as required in consultation with the Ministry of Disaster Management,” the government stated.

Heavy landslide and rainfall destroyed agriculture and hydro power generation.