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flood toll in Sri Lanka hits 11
« on: May 18, 2016, 01:11:02 AM »

Emergency workers in Sri Lanka on Tuesday found the bodies of a woman and two children killed in a landslide, taking the toll from two days of heavy rain to 11, with thousands more forced to flee their homes.

Another five people are missing across the island, parts of which have been underwater since Sunday, a spokesman for the Disaster Management Center said.
“Over 200,000 individuals have been displaced by the floods and are being looked after at several welfare centers,” Pradeep Kodippili said.

The northern district of Kilinochchi received the highest rainfall of 373 millimeters (14.68 inches) in the 24 hours ending Tuesday morning.
The meteorological department says the heavy rains could continue until Wednesday.

The government has deployed troops to evacuate people living on slopes or in flood-hit areas and the navy and the air force have also been called in to help with relief operations.



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