Death toll in Sri Lanka floods reaches 164, over 100 still reported missing out on

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By AFP|Published: 29th May 2017 12:06 PM

Death toll in Sri Lanka floods reaches 164, over 100 still reported missing out on
Death toll in Sri Lanka floods reaches 164, over 100 still reported missing out on

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s monsoon toll reached 164 with the discovery of more bodies of individuals buried in landslides set off by extreme rains, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) stated on Monday.

Friday’s deluge likewise triggered the island’s worst flooding in 14 years and owned almost half a million individuals from their flooded houses in the western and southern areas.

The DMC stated 104 individuals were still noted as missing out on while another 88 stayed in health center.

Authorities stated a flying force Mi-17 transportation helicopter crashed in the southern Baddegama location on Monday while transferring relief materials to flood victims.

“The helicopter crashed onto a home, however luckily there were no casualties,” a cops authorities in the location informed AFP by telephone.

The flying force has actually released a lots airplane for grace objectives to leave marooned villagers in addition to bring food and other necessary to the impacted locations.

The federal government stated relief operations had actually magnified over the weekend following a break in the monsoon rains.

The meteorological department stated it anticipated more rain on Monday and Tuesday that might hinder relief operations.

Flood waters were declining in the worst afflicted districts of Ratnapura and Kalutara however the authorities stated tidying up operations might take weeks.

Almost 2,000 homes were harmed or ruined.

Sri Lanka has actually looked for global support, with India sending out 2 marine ships packed with products over the weekend.

The United Nations stated it would contribute water containers, water filtration tablets and tarpaulin sheets while the World Health Organization will support medical groups in impacted locations.

Pakistan remained in talks with Colombo to send out relief products. Islamabad just recently offered 10,000 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka to assist dry spell victims.

The meteorological department stated the rains ended an extended dry spell that had actually threatened farming along with hydropower generation.

The flooding is the worst given that May 2003 when 250 individuals were eliminated and 10,000 houses ruined after a likewise effective monsoon, authorities stated.

Monsoon rains in 2015 triggered flooding and landslides, eliminating more than 100 individuals.