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Sri Lanka: At least 91 feared killed, 110 missing in flood and mudslide

A team of 400 soldiers have been rushed to the rescue and help of over 7,800 people who have been affected by the calamity.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2017 10:07 pm
Sri Lanka, Lanka landslide, Lanka mudslide, Lanka flood, lanka flood deaths, Lanka rainfall, Lanka news, latest news, world news, indian express news Locals gather to watch rescue operation in Bellana village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Friday. (Source: AP Photo)

At least 91 people were killed and 110 went missing in Sri Lanka due to floods and mudslides caused by torrential rainfall on Friday. A team of 400 soldiers have been rushed to the rescue of over 7,800 people who have been affected by the calamity.

According to the Disaster Management Center, around 2,040 people were evacuated to safer locations and more than 61,000 were affected by the rain that started early Friday. Deputy Minister for Disaster Management Dunesh Kankanda said many people were on roofs and treetops calling for help. People living near swollen rivers and hilly slopes prone to landslides has been advised to evacuate by the government as heavy rains were expected to continue. Navy boats and air force helicopters were deployed to rescue marooned victims and provide emergency relief.

Sri Lanka, Lanka landslide, Lanka mudslide, Lanka flood, lanka flood deaths, Lanka rainfall, Lanka news, latest news, world news, indian express news Sri Lankans watch military rescue efforts at the site of a landslide in Bellana village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Friday, May 26, 2017. (Source: AP Photo)

The foreign ministry also appealed for assistance from the United Nations and from other countries. Rescuers, government workers and aid groups were ordered to cancel any holidays and remain on alert for the next three days. Many homes and roads were inundated and schools were closed in the province of Sabaragamuwa, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) east of Colombo.

According to a Reuters report, at least five landslides have been reported in Kaluthara, which is the worst-hit district on the west coast of the Lankan island. This is the time of the year when the island nation witnesses highest rainfall, from the month of May to September. As the rescue operations continue, Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardana has issued a warning that the situation can worsen in the next 72 hours, as reported by AP.

With inputs from Agencies

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    kushal kumar
    May 31, 2017 at 5:21 am
    This Vedic astrology writer has been alerting for long that during August-September or before in 2017, sea or countries near sea should be ready to face natural disasters like massive record rain or floods and the like. It seems India may also be ready in coming months , particularly in August-September ( 19 August to 4 September ) in present year 2017 to face natural or man made disasters in sea , through sea and in coastal States like Tamil Nadu , Gujrat , Andhra Pradesh , Telangana , Mumbai- Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These alerts were issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November 2016 with intent to alert the concerned to take more care and measures within reach because timely human efforts in right direction and appropriate strategy have capacity to counter planetary impacts to a greater extent and make the difference.'
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    1. Justice
      May 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm
      Indian army has to go there and save the life of those trapped. Small small gestures will make big difference.
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