Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Rain-triggered mudslides in Sri Lanka kill 10 people

Kenny Thornton | 27 May, 2017, 12:47

Sri Lankan military rescue workers and villagers search for survivors at the site of a mudslide in Bellana village in Kalutara on May 26, 2017.

"We are carrying out relief operations in some areas when we can't even reach some of the affected areas", Gankanda said, adding that people in the southeastern region of Ratnapura were taking shelter on tree tops.

The rains were the most destructive this year.

The emergency is reportedly the worst since 2003 when a tropical cyclone swept through southwest Sri Lanka, causing flooding and landslides that killed 260 people and destroyed nearly 25,000 homes.

The ship will also carry medical and diving teams along with Gemini crafts and helicopters to assist in relief operations at Colombo.

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Home affairs minister Vajira Abeywardana has said the adverse weather conditions in southern and western parts of the island could worsen in the next 72 hours. The island nation also receives heavy rains in the North West monsoonal season from November to February.

Official figures showed that 91 people were confirmed killed and another 110 were listed as missing as at 6.00 p.m on Friday. He said India's move to send relief materials demonstrated the Indo-Lanka relations which are at an excellent level.

The government advised people living closer to rivers and areas prone to landslides to evacuate, he said. Authorities closed all schools in the Sabaragamuwa province, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) east of Colombo due to the rains and floods.

Troops have been deployed for rescue operations and the Home Ministry has set up a 24-hour relief center for the people affected.

The onset of the summer monsoon came roaring into Sri Lanka late this week with torrential rainfall that triggered deadly flooding and mudslides.

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