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* Death toll from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rises to 100, another 99 missing
Sat, May 27, 2017, 12:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 27, Colombo: The death toll from severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka rose to 100 on Saturday while another 99 are reported missing, the Disaster Management Center said in its latest situation report.

Due to the heavy rain water levels of Kalu, Kelani, Gin, Nil Wala, and Attanagalu Oya rivers were rising and causing floods.

According to the DMC 200,382 People belonging to 52,603 families were affected in 14 districts. Further, 12,007 people belonging to 2,937 families were located at 69 safe locations as of Saturday morning.

Sri Lanka tri-forces personnel including more than 1000 Army troops are currently engaged in the rescue and relief operations in coordination with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), District and Divisional Secretariats, Police and other authorities in flood-affected areas.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management, appealed to the United Nations, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and neighboring countries to provide assistance to affected people, especially in the areas of search and rescue operations.

India in response has dispatched three Navy ships with emergency supplies to help Sri Lanka in the rescue and relief operations.

INS Kirch diverted to Colombo to render immediate assistance in flood relief operations, arrived in Colombo Port this morning. The High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu handed over the relief items brought by INS Kirch to Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

The other two ships are expected to arrive on Sunday.

 


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