Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sri Lankan landslides, flooding kills 122, as nation appeals for international help

The number of people known to have been killed in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka has risen to 122, with the country appealing for international assistance.

Sri Lanka has asked its neighbours and the UN
for help in its search and rescue effort.
The state-run disaster management centre said a further 97 people were still missing after the worst torrential rains since 2003.

The Foreign Ministry said an appeal had been made to the United Nations and neighbouring countries to provide assistance "especially in the areas of search and rescue operations”.

India is sending three Navy ships with supplies and other aid, the first of which arrived in Colombo on Saturday.

Officials said deaths were reported from the western coastal district of Kalutara, the central southern district of Ratnapura and the southern district of Matara.

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