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* Sri Lanka flood rescue efforts continue as death toll rises to 164
Mon, May 29, 2017, 10:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's rescue efforts continued Monday as the death toll from the devastating floods and rose to 164 with 104 people are still missing.

In its latest situation report the Disaster Management Center on Monday said 471,542 people belonging to 128,586 families were affected in 15 Districts due to the flood situation while 75,236 people belonging to 18,652 families were located at 336 safe locations.

The flooding brought by the rains since last Friday is believed to be the island's worst flooding in 14 years. The flooding in May 2003 has destroyed 10,000 homes and killed 250 people.

Tri forces continued search and rescue operations into Monday while mudslides and submerged roads have hampered the rescue operations and distribution of relief in some locations.

Sri Lanka Air Force in coordination with the Disaster Management Centre continues to provide assistance to flood victims and supplies fresh and dry rations through air to the affected.

Indian Navy diving and medical teams arrived in INS Shardul yesterday have been deployed to assist Sri Lanka Navy operations at Kalutara, Ratmalana and Galle.

Indian Naval personnel of INS 'Kirch' that arrived in the island on Saturday are currently engaging in flood relief operations at Udugama and Galapatha in the Kalutara District in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Navy.

A third Indian ship INS 'Jalashwa' is also expected to arrive in Sri Lanka for disaster relief efforts today.

The Meteorology Department on Monday warned of more rains followed by strong winds and people residing in low lying areas in the south were advised to evacuate to safer locations as all the major rivers are overflowing.

More rain is expected in the next two days as the depression in the east central Bay of Bengal had intensified in to a Cyclonic storm "MORA" and is now moving away from the island.

 


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