India helps out as Sri Lanka monsoon toll hits 100

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  • Sunday, 28 May 2017

Frantic search: Villagers looking for survivors at the site of a mudslide in Bellana village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. — AFP

COLOMBO: Indian medical teams and emergency relief arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday as the monsoon-related death toll reached 100 and authorities warned of more flooding in low-lying areas.

A ship carrying medical supplies docked in Colombo, sent by India to help deal with the worst flooding in the island’s western and southern regions in 14 years after record rainfall.

The official Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said Saturday that the death toll from floods and a string of landslides had climbed to 100 while the number of missing since Friday’s deluge had been revised down to 90 from 110.

Forty other people are in hospital.

Authorities issued fresh evacuation orders for those living downstream of two major rivers, citing a risk of flooding even though the rains had subsided.

“The monsoon has firmly established and we could have evening showers at a lesser intensity”, meterological department chief S. R. Jayasekera said and added India is sending another ship due to arrive on Monday after Sri Lanka issued an international appeal for help.

The flooding is the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful Southwest monsoon, officials said.

The DMC said the monsoon ended a prolonged drought that had threa­tened agriculture as well as hydropower generation. — AFP

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